Definitions

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

  • n. A member of an ancient people, probably of Germanic or Celtic origin, who lived in Jutland until about 100 B.C.
  • n. A member of any of the peoples speaking a Germanic language, especially a German.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of an early Germanic tribe noted in historical writings by Greek and Roman authors.
  • n. A German.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of an ancient German tribe; later, a name applied to any member of the Germanic race in Europe; now used to designate a German, Dutchman, Scandinavian, etc., in distinction from a Celt or one of a Latin race.
  • n. A member of the Teutonic branch of the Indo-European, or Aryan, family.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a member of a Germanic tribe first mentioned in the fourth century B. c., and supposed to have dwelt near the mouth of the Elbe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone (especially a German) who speaks a Germanic language
  • n. a member of the ancient Germanic people who migrated from Jutland to southern Gaul and were annihilated by the Romans

Etymologies

Latin Teutōnī, Teutons; see teutā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1720, from Latin Teutōnes, Teutōnī (name of a Germanic tribe that inhabited coastal Germany and devastated Gaul between 113-101 B.C., "the Teutons"), from Proto-Germanic *þeudanaz (“ruler, leader of the people”), from Proto-Germanic *þeudō (“people”), from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂ (“people”). Cognate with Gothic 𐌸𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽𐍃 (þiudans, "king"), Old Norse þjóðann ("prince, king"), Old Saxon þiudan ("lord of the people, ruler"), Old English þēoden ("king, lord"), þēod ("nation, people, country, language"), Russian чужой ("stranger"), чудно ("strange"), чудо ("miracle"). Related to Dutch. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It should be explained here that the word Teuton is used advisedly, for in reality it is to the Austrians before the Germans that the development of the 11-inch and bigger field gun, with its special carriage and caterpillar-tread wheels owes its existence.

    Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights

  • Le Bon (42) says that we must always remember that the Teuton is the irreconcilable enemy of the civilization of the French and of all it stands for, and that he must always be kept at a distance.

    The Psychology of Nations A Contribution to the Philosophy of History

  • Tall and fair, grey-eyed and sinewy, the Teuton was a hardier, more sturdy warrior than the Celt: he had not spent centuries of quiet settlement and imitative civilisation under the ægis of

    Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race

  • The Teuton is the noblest race that has existed, and is the most progressive.

    History of the University of North Carolina. Volume II: From 1868 to 1912

  • One unpleasant aspect of the commercial invasion of Italy by the Teuton was his liking to live there, and consequently the amount of real estate which he was collecting on the Latin peninsula -- so much that the lovely environs of Naples were fast becoming a German principality!

    The World Decision

  • He was the representative of the Christian Roman defying the Teuton, on the ground of rights which he believed to have existed while the Teuton was a heathen in the German forests.

    Roman and the Teuton

  • They were Romans, to whom the Teuton was a savage, speaking a different tongue, obeying different laws, his whole theory of the universe different from the Roman.

    Roman and the Teuton

  • "Teuton" but as blowing from the eternal heights of music whose winds list nothing of frontiers.

    A Book of Old Ballads — Complete

  • "Teuton" or the "Slav" he will give his last farthing and shed his heart's blood.

    The New World of Islam

  • British reader can see its absurdity most easily when he reads the ravings of some patriotic German upon the superiority of the "Teuton" over the Italians and Greeks -- to whom we owe most things of importance in European civilisation.

    What is Coming?

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