dier (plural diers)
- One who dies.
- Don DeLillo, White Noise
- It's a way of controlling death. A way of gaining the ultimate upper hand. Be the killer for a change. Let someone else be the dier.
- 2006, Shankar Mokashi Punekar, Awadheswari
- Since other languages are structurally constrained to say who it was who died and since the original leaves the identity of the dier unexpressed, any translation in the target language is going to be incorrect.
- Used in abstract and philosophical contexts, rather than in discussing a known individual who has died. Compare deceased.
From Old Dutch *dior, from Proto-Germanic *deuzą, cognate with German Tier.
dier n (plural dieren, diminutive diertje n)
- (demonstrative) her, their, the latter's (genitive feminine singular and genitive plural of die).
- De verdachte heeft zich samen met een vriend, haar dochter en dier vriend schuldig gemaakt aan de moord op haar echtgenoot [...] (from a verdict of the Court of Justice at 's-Gravenhage, 2011 )
- The accused (woman) is guilty of having murdered her husband in cooperation with a friend, her daughter and the latter's friend [...]
Dier is used in a similar way as the possessive determiners haar and hun. It is rare in spoken Dutch, but used occasionally in writing to avoid confusion. Compare:
- Zij vertelde van haar dochter en haar man. ― She told about her daughter and her (own) husband.
- Zij vertelde van haar dochter en dier man. ― She told about her daughter and the latter's husband.
The corresponding masculine and neuter singular form is diens.