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Is it der, die oder das Definition?


The correct article in German of Definition is die. So it is die Definition! (nominative case)

The word Definition is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

Finding the right gender of a noun

German articles are used similarly to the English articles,a and the. However, they are declined differently (change) according to the number, gender and case of their nouns.

In the German language, the gender and therefore article is fixed for each noun.

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The most difficult part of learning the German language is the articles (der, die, das) or rather the gender of each noun. The gender of each noun in German has no simple rule. In fact, it can even seem illogical. For example das Mädchen, a young girl is neutral while der Junge, a young boy is male.

It is a good idea to learn the correct article for each new word together - even if it means a lot of work. For example learning "der Hund" (the dog) rather than just Hund by itself. Fortunately, there are some rules about gender in German that make things a little easier. It might be even nicer if these rules didn't have exceptions - but you can't have everything! The best way to learn them is with the App - Der-Die-Das Train! (available for iOS and Android)

German nouns belong either to the gender masculine (male, standard gender) with the definite article der, to the feminine (feminine) with the definite article die, or to the neuter (neuter) with the definite article das.

  • for masculine: points of the compass, weather (Osten, Monsun, Sturm; however it is: das Gewitter), liquor/spirits (Wodka, Wein, Kognak), minerals, rocks (Marmor, Quarz, Granit, Diamant);

  • for feminine: ships and airplanes (die Deutschland, die Boeing; however it is: der Airbus), cigarette brands (Camel, Marlboro), many tree and plant species (Eiche, Pappel, Kiefer; aber: der Flieder), numbers (Eins, Million; however it is: das Dutzend), most inland rivers (Elbe, Oder, Donau; aber: der Rhein);

  • for neutrals: cafes, hotels, cinemas (das Mariott, das Cinemaxx), chemical elements (Helium, Arsen; however it is: der Schwefel, masculine elements have the suffix -stoff), letters, notes, languages and colors (das Orange, das A, das Englische), certain brand names for detergents and cleaning products (Ariel, Persil), continents, countries (die artikellosen: (das alte) Europa; however exceptions include: der Libanon, die Schweiz …).

German declension of Definition?

How does the declension of Definition work in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive cases? Here you can find all forms in the singular as well as in the plural:

1 Singular Plural
Nominative die Definition die Definitionen
Genitive der Definition der Definitionen
Dative der Definition den Definitionen
Akkusative die Definition die Definitionen

What is the meaning of Definition in German?

Definition is defined as:

[1] (scientific) determination clear definition of the meaning of an expression

[1] (wissenschaftliche) Bestimmung; eindeutige Festlegung der Bedeutung eines Ausdrucks

How to use Definition in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Definition with translations in English.

[1] Schon die alten Römer wussten, dass man eine Definition eines Begriffs erhält, wenn man den Oberbegriff bildet und dann die Merkmale aufzählt, die den zu definierenden Begriff von den übrigen Unterbegriffen, die dem Oberbegriff unterfallen, abgrenzen.

[1] The ancient Romans already knew that you get a definition of a term when you form the generic term and then list the characteristics that demarcated the term to be defined from the other sub -term that are subject to the generic term

[1] Die mustergültige Definition eines Hundes als ein von Flöhen bewohnter Organismus, der bellt, hat Kurt Tucholsky in seinem Traktat über den Hund dem Philosophen Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz zugeschrieben.

[1] The exemplary definition of a dog as an organism inhabited by fleas that barks, Kurt Tucholsky attributed the philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in his tract about the dog

[1] „Solche Definitionen meinen vor allem den Wortwitz, der sich an der Doppeldeutigkeit von Worten entzündet, und zwar vor allem dann, wenn die Sinnbereiche eines und desselben Wortes möglichst weit voneinander entfernt liegen.“

[1] "Such definitions primarily mean the wit, which ignites the ambiguity of words, especially when the meaning areas of one and the same word are as far apart as possible"

How do you pronounce Definition?

Definition (Österreich)

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