Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin Germānus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin germani ("the peoples of Germania"), as distinct from Gauls (in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Dutch” is a version of the German Deutsch, meaning “German.

    Pennsylvania Dutch

  • Addressing the German public's ­concerns about what the effect on German finances might be if it helped Greece by agreeing to buy Greek debt, Die Welt said "it would have a negative impact on Germany's ­creditworthiness", and could end up "costing every ­German taxpayer an extra 40 euros this year".

    The Guardian World News

  • Curators have chosen my video "THE VACATION" for this event, which is one of GERMAN CARTOONS a complete new production on recent German history and what is associated with German culture in general.

    Museum Blogs

  • GUNTER PLEUGER, GERMAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.: The German delegation this morning welcomed the report of Dr. ElBaradei and Dr. Blix.

    CNN Transcript Jan 27, 2003

  • (a German State) as an _internal_ question, as it ought to be decided on -- not according to the _German law of succession_, but according to the interests of Europe.

    The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853 A Selection from her Majesty's correspondence between the years 1837 and 1861

  • " During all the seven years that I lived in Vienna, I never had a heart-to-heart talk with any one of this upper group, although I was a member of the Austrian Social Democracy, attended their meetings, took part in their demonstrations, contributed to their publications, and some MY SECOND FOREIGN EXILE: GERMAN SOCIALISM times made short speeches in German.

    My Life

  • "I could not help muttering to myself," says Coleridge in his Biographia Literaria, "when the good pastor this morning told me that Klopstock was the German Milton, 'a very _German_

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915

  • "I perceive you are publishing a Life of Raffael d'Urbino: it may perhaps interest you to hear that a set of German artists here allow their _hair_ to grow, and trim it into _his fashion_, thereby drinking the cummin of the disciples of the old philosopher; if they would cut their hair, convert it into brushes, and paint like him, it would be more '_German_ to the matter.'

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 4 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

  • My written German is terrible, but I love reading in German and I will try and track this one down.

    Guest Author: Michelle Raven

  • A bad review in German is proof that I've REALLY made it, because I can thank my lucky stars that people in Germany are actually reading my book.

    Lost in Translation

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