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имя

Russian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *jьmę, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁nḗh₃mn̥. The so-called н-declension of this and nine other similar neuter nouns stems from the fact that the word-final -я was the nasal vowel Ѧ, ѧ (little yus) in Old Church Slavonic and Late Proto-Slavic, resulting in the -ен- before all the case endings in the modern language. Compare the declension of Old Church Slavonic имѧ (imę).

Pronunciation

/ˈimʲə/

Noun

имя (ímja) n., имена (imená) pl.

  1. name, first name, Christian name, given name
  2. (grammar) : noun, substantive

Declension

Singular Plural
nominative и́мя имена́
genitive и́мени имён
dative и́мени имена́м
accusative и́мя имена́
instrumental и́менем имена́ми
prepositional об и́мени об имена́х

Related terms

  • безымянный
  • именины
  • именительный
  • именитый
  • именовать
  • именно
  • именной
  • наименование

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