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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

A calque of English middle name.

NounEdit

middelnaam m (plural middelnamen, diminutive middelnaampje n)

  1. (informal, calque) middle name
  2. (figuratively) a trait, activity, or action closely associated with a person.
    Think twice about playing for cash because "Poker" is her middle name.

Usage notesEdit

Only commonly used by Dutch speakers in conversation with non-native speakers by referencing an English term. Native tweede naam is more common generally.

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