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EtymologyEdit

From latvis (Latvian) +‎ -ietis. This term had in principle replaced latvis as the autodenomication of the Latvians already in the 19th century, but the latter was reintroduced via poetry and continues to exist as a poetic term.[1]

NounEdit

latvietis m (2nd declension, feminine form: latviete)

  1. a (male) Latvian, a Lett
  2. (genitive plural): Latvian, pertaining to Latvia and its people
    latviešu valodathe Latvian language

Usage notesEdit

The word latvis is a synonym of latvietis, but it is less frequently used, and more often than not refers to ancient Latvians, or Latvians as an ethnic group.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “latvietis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN