Everything in different languages

Everything in Different Languages

Discover 'Everything' in 134 Languages: Dive into Translations, Hear Pronunciations, and Uncover Cultural Insights.

Updated on March 6, 2024

The word 'everything' is a small but powerful term, encompassing the sum of all things in the universe. Its significance transcends language, making it a vital concept to understand in various cultures and tongues. From ancient philosophies to modern self-help guides, the idea of 'everything' has been explored and interpreted in countless ways.

For instance, in Ancient Greek, 'everything' translates to 'πάντα' (panta), which was used by philosophers like Plato and Aristotle to discuss metaphysics and ontology. Meanwhile, in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, 'everything' is 'सर्व' (sarva), a term that plays a central role in Hindu and Buddhist philosophies.

Understanding the translations of 'everything' in different languages can offer fascinating insights into how different cultures perceive and interact with the world around them. In this list, you'll find translations of 'everything' from around the globe, shedding light on the diverse ways we express the idea of totality.


Everything in Sub-Saharan African Languages

Afrikaans and German have separate etymologies of the word "alles" which is confusing to native English speakers.
Amharicሁሉም ነገር
The word "everything" in Amharic, "ሁሉም ነገር" (hullum negger), literally translates to "all of the thing".
In Hausa, 'komai' also refers to a type of spice blend used for soups and stews, and can be derived from the word 'koma', meaning 'complete' or 'whole'.
Igboihe niile
The word "ihe niile" can also mean "the whole world" or "the universe" in Igbo.
Malagasyny zava-drehetra
In Malagasy, the word "ny zava-drehetra" translates to "all things," implying wholeness, comprehensiveness, and totality.
Nyanja (Chichewa)chilichonse
The word "Chilichonse" in Nyanja can also mean "every time" or "each time"
The word 'zvese' in Shona originated from the Proto-Bantu root '-vesa', meaning 'to spread out' or 'to scatter'.
Somaliwax walba
Wax walba is also used when asking questions in Somali; it means 'what' in such contexts.
"Tsohle" is cognate with the word "izinto" from Nguni languages, and both probably derive from a Proto-Bantu term meaning "things".
Swahilikila kitu
The Swahili word "kila kitu" is a compound word derived from the root "ki-", meaning "one", and the noun "kitu", meaning "thing". This word can also be used to refer to "the whole world", or "all that exists."
Xhosayonke into
Yonke into, or "everything," comes from yonke (all) and into (things) in Xhosa.
Yorubaohun gbogbo
"Ohun gbogbo" also means "everything" and is formed from "ohun" (which in isolation means "thing") and "gbogbo" (which independently means "all")
"Konke" is also used to form the absolute superlative degree of an adjective or adverb.
Ewenu sia nu
Lingalabiloko nyonso
Lugandabuli kimu
Sepedidilo ka moka
Twi (Akan)biribiara

Everything in North African & Middle Eastern Languages

Arabicكل شىء
The word "كل شىء" is derived from the Arabic word "شيء" which means "thing".
The word "הכל" also means "the whole" or "the entire" in Hebrew.
The word "هرڅه" is derived from the Persian "هر چیز" (har cheez) meaning "every single thing" or "each and every thing."
Arabicكل شىء
The word "كل شىء" is derived from the Arabic word "شيء" which means "thing".

Everything in Western European Languages

"Gjithçka" has multiple possible etymologies within Albanian, deriving from either Proto-Albanian or Proto-Illyrian roots.
"Dena" is also the plural form for "thing",
The word "tot" also means "very" and is used to intensify adjectives or adverbs.
The Proto-Slavic root *su, meaning "one's own", is the likely root of "sve", as is "svoj" (meaning "one's own, personal").
Alt can also mean a generation, or to age or grow old in Danish.
Dutch "alles" can also mean "everybody" or be used as a term of endearment.
The word "everything" is derived from the Old English words "eall" (all) and "thing" (thing)
The French word "tout" comes from Latin *totus* which has the same meaning, but can also mean "the whole",
Frisian “alles” has Germanic cognates that mean “other” or “foreign”.
The noun “todo” also means “each one” in Galician, as it derives from the Latin “totum”, which means “the whole”
'Alles' originated from Middle Low German 'alles' and Proto-Germanic 'alaz'
The word "allt" in Icelandic shares a common Proto-Germanic root with the German "alles".
Irishgach rud
The word "gach rud" in Irish derives from the Old Irish expression "gach n-uid", meaning "every existence".
Italianqualunque cosa
The word "qualunque cosa" can also mean "whatever" or "anything" in Italian.
The word 'alles' in Luxembourgish is derived from the Old High German word 'alliu', which means 'all' or 'complete'.
Kollox's origin is from the Arabic 'kul', meaning "all," but the word is used colloquially in a variety of contexts.
In Norse, "alt" has additional meanings such as "age" and "world".
Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)tudo
The word "tudo" in Portuguese derives from the Latin "totum," meaning "all," "whole," or "complete."
Scots Gaelica h-uile dad
"A h-uile dad" is "every bit, each bit" or "all the better" in Irish Gaelic.
The word «todo» in Spanish is derived from the Latin word «totus», meaning «whole» or «entire» and is related to «together» in English, as in «put together».
The word 'allt' in Swedish comes from the Old Norse word 'allt' meaning 'completely' or 'entirely'.
The word "popeth" in Welsh also refers to the universe or the totality of existence.

Everything in Eastern European Languages

"Усё" in the Belarusian language can refer to the whole universe, or even a single entity, depending on context and usage
In some contexts, "sve" can also be used to mean "each other" or "together".
"Всичко" is also occasionally used to mean "everyone" in Bulgarian.
"Všechno" is also a name for the whole number zero in some old Czech sources.
Kõike shares the same etymological root as the Finnish word “kaikki” (everything) and the Hungarian word “keleti” (east), with all three sharing a Proto-Uralic origin
The word "kaikki" originates from the Proto-Finnic word "*kajkki", meaning "abundance, plenty".
"Minden" also means "every" and is related to "mindegyik" (each), "mindenki" (everybody), and "mindenhol" (everywhere).
The Latvian word ''viss'' is cognate with Lithuanian ''vis'' and Slavic ''ves'', meaning "everywhere, all".
"Viskas" comes from the Proto-Baltic root "wes-," meaning "all, whole," and is related to the Old Prussian "wisan" and the Latvian "viss."
"Сè" is used in the Macedonian language as an indefinite pronoun which means anyone, anything or anywhere.
"Wszystko" derives from "istnienie", meaning "existence".
Tot is derived from a Latin word meaning "entirely", and it can also mean "everything", "all", or "the whole" in Romanian.
The Russian word "все" also has the meaning "all of us," akin to the "us" in "let's go."
The Serbian word "све" (everything) is derived from the Proto-Slavic word *vьsь, which also means "all" or "entire".
The Slovak word "všetko" is derived from the Old Slavonic word "vьsь", meaning "whole" or "entire."
"Vse" derives from the Proto-Slavic "vьsь" meaning "all, entire".
“Все” (everything) is a shortened form of “всех” (of all), which originates from the Proto-Slavic “vьsьkh” (of all).

Everything in South Asian Languages

সব ('sob') in Bengali also means 'all' or 'whole' as in 'সবদিকে' ('shobdikey', 'on all sides').
Hindiसब कुछ
The word "सब कुछ" is derived from the Sanskrit words "सर्व" (all) and "कुछ" (something), meaning "all things" or "the whole thing".
ಎಲ್ಲವೂ can also mean "all the time" or "always" in Kannada.
The word "എല്ലാം" is derived from the Tamil word "எல்லாம்", which also means "everything".
The word "सर्वकाही" in Marathi, meaning "everything," also has alternate meanings such as "the whole thing" or "the all-encompassing whole."
The word "सबै" ultimately derives from the Sanskrit "सर्व" (sarva), meaning "all" or "entire," and is cognate with the English word "superlative."
Punjabiਸਭ ਕੁਝ
The word "ਸਭ ਕੁਝ" can also refer to "all things" or "the totality of something" in Punjabi.
Sinhala (Sinhalese)සියල්ල
The word "සියල්ල" (siyalla) in Sinhala is derived from the Sanskrit word "सर्व" (sarva), meaning "all" or "entire."
எல்லாம் means 'completely', 'in all respects', or 'altogether', also 'every', as the subject and is sometimes a reflexive pronoun.
In Telugu, the word "ప్రతిదీ" ("everything") also has the connotation of "each and every thing," emphasizing the totality and inclusiveness of its scope.
Urduسب کچھ
In Sanskrit, the word सब कुछ (sab kuch) translates to "all of that" or "the totality."

Everything in East Asian Languages

Chinese (Simplified)一切
The Chinese word for "everything" ("一切") originated from the Buddhist term "sarvastitva," which means "everything exists."
Chinese (Traditional)一切
"一" means 'one' in Chinese, while "切" refers to 'every part' or a 'slice'
"すべて" originated from "総べて", or "all", which gradually changed throughout history.
The word "모두" can also mean "all" or "everyone" in Korean.
Mongolianбүх зүйл
The word "бүх зүйл" can also refer to the universe, the totality of all things.
Myanmar (Burmese)အရာအားလုံး

Everything in South East Asian Languages

Indonesiansegala sesuatu
The word "segala sesuatu" in Indonesian is derived from the Sanskrit word "sarva-sattva", meaning "all beings".
"Kabeh" also means "entirely" or "completely" in Javanese.
This word is derived from the word "អ្វី" (what) and "គ្រប់" (all), so it literally means "what all".
In Javanese, 'semuanya' is the word for 'all together'.
The word "thuk yang" could be interpreted as "each thing" due to being a compound of "thuk" and "yang"
Vietnamesemọi điều
Mọi điều (literally "all matters") originates from the Chinese idiom 万事 (Wàn shì), meaning "everything"
Filipino (Tagalog)lahat

Everything in Central Asian Languages

Azerbaijanihər şey
In Azerbaijani, "hər şey" is cognate with the Persian word "har cheez" meaning "whole thing" and was most likely derived from the older Persian word "har si" meaning "every" or "all".
The Kazakh word "бәрі" also has the meaning of "all," "everyone," or "the whole." The word originated in Proto-Turkic, from which it spread into various modern Turkic languages.
The word "баары" also means "all of them" or "the whole of them" in Kyrgyz.
Tajikҳама чиз
The Tajik word "ҳама чиз" can also mean "totality" or "entirely".
Turkmenhemme zat
Uzbekhamma narsa
The word "hamma narsa" is a compound of "hamma" (all) and "narsa" (thing), and can also mean "every kind of thing" or "all sorts of things".
Uyghurھەممە نەرسە

Everything in Pacific Languages

Hawaiiannā mea āpau
The Hawaiian word "nā mea āpau" is literally translated as "the things that are everywhere".
Maoringa mea katoa
In Maori, "nga mea katoa" means "everything," but it literally translates to "the things all."
Samoanmea uma
In Samoan, 'mea uma' can also mean 'a thing' or 'a matter'.
Tagalog (Filipino)lahat ng bagay

Everything in American Indigenous Languages


Everything in International Languages

The Esperanto word "ĉio" is also used in the sense of "all things" in the phrase "la vero, la tuto, kaj nenio sed la tuta ĉio" ("the truth, the whole, and nothing but the whole truth").
In the feminine plural form (omnium), "omnia" also means "everything" as a noun.

Everything in Others Languages

Greekτα παντα
The phrase 'τα παντα' is often used in Greek to refer to the universe or the totality of things.
Hmongtxhua yam
Txhua yam means "all things" in the Hmong language and is composed of "txhua" meaning "all or every" and "yam" meaning "thing."
"Hemû" in Kurdish can refer to a place of gathering or an assembly.
"Herşey" is a Turkish word that is often used to mean 'everything', but it can also be used to refer more specifically to one's possessions or property.
Xhosayonke into
Yonke into, or "everything," comes from yonke (all) and into (things) in Xhosa.
The word "אַלץ" in Yiddish is cognate with the German "alles" and dates back to the Middle High German "alliz".
"Konke" is also used to form the absolute superlative degree of an adjective or adverb.
Bhojpuriहर चीजु
Dhivehiހުރިހާ އެއްޗެއް
Dogriसब किश
Filipino (Tagalog)lahat
Ilocanoamin a banag
Krioɔl wetin
Kurdish (Sorani)هەموو شتێک
Maithiliसब किछु
Meiteilon (Manipuri)ꯄꯨꯝꯅꯃꯛ
Oromowaa hunda
Odia (Oriya)ସବୁକିଛି
Tatarбарысы да
Tigrinyaኩሉ ነገር

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