IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse vitni, from Proto-Germanic *witniją (witness).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

vitni n (genitive singular vitnis, nominative plural vitni)

  1. witness

DeclensionEdit


Old NorseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *witniją (witness), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-, root meaning "to see". Therefore the semantic evolution is "one who has seen" > "witness". Related to vita, vit.

NounEdit

vitni n (genitive vitnis)

  1. witness, testimony
  2. evidence

DeclensionEdit

Related termsEdit

  • vitna (to witness, testify)

DescendantsEdit

  • Icelandic: vitni
  • Faroese: vitni
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: vitne
  • Norwegian Bokmål: vitne
  • Swedish: vittne
  • Danish: vidne

ReferencesEdit

  • vitni in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press