In this thread, what I mean by “word” is specifically “a given set of Roman alphabet letters, not including diacritics on vowels”. Transliterations from non-Roman-alphabet languages (e.g. Arabic, Russian) are excluded.
So anyway, the kind of words I’m thinking of are spelled the same in more than one language, but have different, unrelated meanings (IOW, are not cognates). Here are three examples that work across two languages:
English dove “a kind of bird”
Italian dove “where”
English chat “a casual converstion”
French chat “cat”
English also “and, furthermore”
German also “therefore”
I am wondering if there are similar examples that work across three or more Roman-alphabet languages. Vowel diacritics can be ignored, but not consonantal diacritics (i.e. English canon is not a match for Spanish cañon, but English resume “begin again” matches French resumé “summary”)
What word would be the champ? Can anyone come up with matches among four, five, or more languages?
To be clear: words that are clearly recent international borrowings do not count. Words like taxi and fax don’t qualify. Note also that for this reason, English resumé “C.V.” would not match French resumé.
Lastly, when I say “Roman-alphabet language”, I mean more than European languages. If you know of matches in Swahili, Turkish, Malagasy, Hawaiian, etc., feel free to include them.