from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany or its people.
  • adj. Of or relating to the German language.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Germany.
  • n. A person of German ancestry.
  • n. Any of the West Germanic languages and dialects spoken or originating in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, especially standard High German.

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  • n. A native or inhabitant of Germany; a person of German citizenship or nationality.
  • n. A member of the Germanic ethnic group which is the most populous ethnic group in Germany; a person of German descent.
  • n. A member of a Germanic tribe.
  • proper n. An Indo-European (Indo-Germanic) language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and a small part of Belgium.
  • adj. Of or relating to the nation of Germany.
  • adj. Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Germany; to people of German descent.
  • adj. Of, in or relating to the German language.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin Germānus.

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From Latin germani ("the peoples of Germania"), as distinct from Gauls (in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus).


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