See also: german and Germán


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From Latin Germanus, Germani (the peoples of Germania), as distinct from Gauls (in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus), and of uncertain ultimate origin (possibly Celtic/ Gaulish).

Not related to the Latin adjective germānus (whence the English words german and germane, through Old French). Attested since at least 1520. Replaced the older terms Almain and Dutch in English.



German (plural Germans)

  1. A native or inhabitant of Germany; a person of German citizenship or nationality.
  2. A member of the Germanic ethnic group which is the most populous ethnic group in Germany; a person of German descent.
  3. ( historical) A member of a Germanic tribe.
    Rome was sacked by Germans and the Western Roman Empire collapsed.
  4. ( uncountable, US printing, rare, dated) A size of type between American and Saxon, 1½- point type.




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Proper noun


  1. An Indo-European ( Indo-Germanic) language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and a small part of Belgium.
    German has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.



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German ( comparative more German, superlative most German or Germanest)

  1. Of or relating to the nation of Germany.
    • 2001, Donald L. Niewyk, The Jews in Weimar Germany, ISBN 0765806924, page 31:
      In Prussia, always the most progressive of the German states during the Weimar years and a stronghold of the two parties, Jews could be found in virtually all administrative departments [] .
  2. Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Germany; to people of German descent.
    Her German husband has blond hair.
  3. Of, in or relating to the German language.
    We take German classes twice a week.
    Because the instructions were German, Yves couldn't read them.


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català: German
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eesti: German
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Esperanto: German
euskara: German
فارسی: German
français: German
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हिन्दी: German
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Ido: German
Bahasa Indonesia: German
íslenska: German
italiano: German
ಕನ್ನಡ: German
қазақша: German
Kiswahili: German
Kurdî: German
Latina: German
latviešu: German
lietuvių: German
Limburgs: German
magyar: German
Malagasy: German
монгол: German
Nederlands: German
日本語: German
norsk: German
norsk nynorsk: German
occitan: German
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: German
ភាសាខ្មែរ: German
Plattdüütsch: German
polski: German
português: German
română: German
русский: German
shqip: German
සිංහල: German
Simple English: German
Soomaaliga: German
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: German
suomi: German
svenska: German
தமிழ்: German
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ᏣᎳᎩ: German
Türkçe: German
Tiếng Việt: German
walon: German
中文: German