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.
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)