Treading Together

Treading Together

In Swedish one word for a meeting is ett sammenträde. I wondered about the origins of this word, so thought I would investigate.

Sammenträde comes from sammanträda (to meet, to hold a meeting, to convene), which comes from sammen (together) and träda (to tread, walk, step). So when you have a meeting in Swedish, you are “treading together”.

Sammenträde also means session, conclave or assembly. Related expressions include:

– sammanträda igen = to reconvene
– sammanträde som försiggår i plenum – plenary session
– regeringssammanträde – cabinet meeting

Other Swedish words for meeting include:

möte = meeting, assembly, conference, convocation, encounter, engagement, rally, meet
konferens = meeting, conference, consultation, school meeting
samling = array, gathering, meeting, accumulation, aggregate, assembling, assembly, battery, body, bunch, circus, cluster, coalition, collection, crowd, cumulation, garner, huddle, lot, meet, pack, corpus
sammenkomst = assembly, gathering, gettogether, meeting, conference, session (“arrive together”)
församling = assembly, parish, cure, flock, township, meeting, congregation, diet

Are there interesting words for meeting in other languages?

Sources: Wiktionary,

One thought on “Treading Together

  1. I’ve never heard that word before but it makes immediate sense to me. But surely it’s “ett sammanträde” (neuter gender and the second vowel is an A)

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