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EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse menskr (human), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (human, humanity), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (man, human, person), from Proto-Indo-European *mAnw- (man). Cognate with Old English mennisc (human).

NounEdit

menneske n (singular definite mennesket, plural indefinite mennesker)

  1. human, human being

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Usage notesEdit

Menneske is used in many situations where English would preferentially use person or people; for example, Der var alt for mange mennesker i salen "There were far too many humans in the hall". However, it is not synonymous with person because it is not applied to other sapients (e.g. in a science fiction or fantasy setting).


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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /²mɛnːɛʃə/, /²mɛnːɛskə/

NounEdit

menneske n (definite singular mennesket, indefinite plural menneske, definite plural menneska)

  1. human, human being, man, Homo sapiens; (in plural form also) people

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