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From Proto-Albanian *vestā, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂st- (empty, wasted), with a sense development of 'to decay, wither' (of nature). Cognate with Old High German wuosti, wuasti (a waste; > Modern German Wüste). Others have compared it with Latin aestas (summer), Gothic 𐌰𐍃𐌰𐌽𐍃 (asans, harvest time) and Old English ast (dried stove). Pokorny makes a connection with the Latin goddess Vesta (and her Greek equivalent Εστία), which he considers of Illyrian origin.[1] Orel derives it from Proto-Albanian *wel-estā, derived from vjel (to pluck, vintage) (from Proto-Albanian *wela), cognate to Lithuanian suvalýti (to harvest, reap) and Ancient Greek εἴλω (eílō, to shut in, press).[2]


  • IPA(key): /ˈvjɛʃtə/, [vjɛʃt]


vjeshtë f (indefinite plural vjeshta, definite singular vjeshta, definite plural vjeshtat)

  1. autumn, fall
  2. (archaic) October


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  1. ^ “Indogermanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch”, J. Pokorny, 1959, Bern : Francke
  2. ^ Orel, Vladimir (2000) A Concise Historical Grammar of the Albanian Language, Leiden: Brill, page 156