From Middle English rank, from Old English ranc, from Proto-West Germanic *rank, from Proto-Germanic *rankaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ-. Cognate with Dutch rank ("slender, slim"), Low German rank ("slender, projecting, lank"), Danish rank ("straight, erect, slender"), Swedish rank ("slender, shaky, wonky"), Icelandic rakkur ("straight, slender, bold, valiant").
From Middle English rank, from Old French ranc, rang, reng (Modern French rang), from Frankish *hring, from Proto-Germanic *hringaz.
Akin to Old High German hring, Old Frisian hring, Old English hring ("ring") (Modern English ring), Old Norse hringr ("ring, circle, queue, sword; ship"). More at ring.
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