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From Old Hungarian pillanik ("to open and close with a sudden movement <of eyelid>") + -at (noun-forming suffix). Created during the Hungarian language reform which took place in the 18th–19th centuries. [1]


  • IPA(key): [ˈpilːɒnɒt]
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  • Hyphenation: pil‧la‧nat


pillanat (plural pillanatok)

  1. instant
  2. moment, second


Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative pillanat pillanatok
accusative pillanatot pillanatokat
dative pillanatnak pillanatoknak
instrumental pillanattal pillanatokkal
causal-final pillanatért pillanatokért
translative pillanattá pillanatokká
terminative pillanatig pillanatokig
essive-formal pillanatként pillanatokként
inessive pillanatban pillanatokban
superessive pillanaton pillanatokon
adessive pillanatnál pillanatoknál
illative pillanatba pillanatokba
sublative pillanatra pillanatokra
allative pillanathoz pillanatokhoz
elative pillanatból pillanatokból
delative pillanatról pillanatokról
ablative pillanattól pillanatoktól
Possessive forms of pillanat
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. pillanatom pillanataim
2nd person sing. pillanatod pillanataid
3rd person sing. pillanata pillanatai
1st person plural pillanatunk pillanataink
2nd person plural pillanatotok pillanataitok
3rd person plural pillanatuk pillanataik

Derived termsEdit

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  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN