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Word "flag" in German

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Keywords: flagge | fahne | wimpel | winkelement | banner | stander | standarte | panier | gösch |
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Flagge


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Overview

In Der Spiegel, 28 March 2012 [zwf12], Bastian Sick aka Der Zwiebelfisch, explains the difference between the two words used in German for a flag, "Fahne" and "Flagge". In brief, the two words, originally designing two kinds of flags, are now synonyms. Originally, a Fahne was used on land while a Flagge was used at sea. The very same difference exists in French between a drapeau and a pavillon: Album des Pavillons is the exact counterpart of Flaggenbuch, the two books dealing with flags at sea. Unsurprisingly, only the word "Fahne" is used in Switzerland.
Ivan Sache, 11 Apr 2012

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Word " Flagge "

Word:
Flagge
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*flag
Noun class:
♀ (feminine)
Meaning:
flag
Identicals:
2 other wordforms

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Word " Flaggen "

Word:
Flaggen
Script:
Latin
Variant:
plural of "Flagge"
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Word " Fahne "

Word:
Fahne
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*fan-
Noun class:
♀ (feminine)
Meaning:
banner

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Word " Fähnchen "

Word:
Fähnchen
Script:
Latin
Meaning:
flaglet
Variant:
diminutive/hypochoristic of "Fahne"
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Word " Wimpel "

Word:
Wimpel
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*vimpl-
Meaning:
streamer
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Word " Winkelement "

Word:
Winkelement
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
(uniques)
Meaning:
handwaver

Little paper flags, which are used for waving in the hand are called sometimes (with a little blink by the eyes) "Winkelement" ("element for waving"). Otherwise, little flags are "Fähnchen" in German. If I am remembering right, this word was invented in GDR.
Željko Heimer, 16 Aug 2007

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Word " Banner "

Word:
Banner
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*pan-
Meaning:
banner
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Word " Stander "

Word:
Stander
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*stand-
Meaning:
banner
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Word " Standarte "

Word:
Standarte
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*stand-
Meaning:
banner
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Word " Panier "

Word:
Panier
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*pan-
Meaning:
banner
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Word " Gösch "

Word:
Gösch
Script:
Latin
Etym. family:
*geus
Meaning:
jack

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