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
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)