Definitions

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

  • n. An intricate dance for many couples.
  • n. A party for dancing at which this dance is featured.
  • adj. Having the same parents or the same grandparents on either the mother's or the father's side. Often used in combination: a cousin-german; a brother-german.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the same mother and father; a full (brother or sister).
  • adj. Being born to one’s blood aunt or uncle, a first (cousin).
  • adj. Closely related, akin.
  • n. A near relative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nearly related; closely akin.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to Germany.
  • n. A native or one of the people of Germany.
  • n. The German language.
  • n.
  • n. A round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding in capriciosly involved figures.
  • n. A social party at which the german is danced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sprung from the same father and mother or from brothers or sisters: always placed after its noun.
  • Nearly related; closely akin.
  • Closely connected; germane.
  • n. One sprung from the same stock; specifically, a full brother, sister, or cousin.
  • Of or pertaining to an important Teutonic race inhabiting central Europe, or to Germany, or to its inhabitants or their language.
  • n. A member of the German race, or a native or an inhabitant of Germany. See I.
  • n. The language of Germany or of the German people, a sub-branch or division of the Teutonic or Germanic branch of Indo-European or Aryan language. Its two principal divisions are the Low German, of the northern or lower part of the country, and the High German, of the southern or higher part. See High German, Low German, below.
  • n. Especially, the literary language of Germany.
  • n. [lowercase] In dancing: An elaborate form of the cotillion, in which round dances predominate and the figures vary according to the invention of the leader, and in which the changing of partners and giving of favors form a special feature.
  • n. An entertainment at which the german exclusively is danced.
  • n. [lowercase] In coal-mining, a straw filled with gunpowder, used as a fuse in blasting.

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

  • n. the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
  • adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language
  • n. a person of German nationality

Etymologies

Short for German cotillion.
Middle English germain, from Old French, from Latin germānus, from germen, offshoot; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French germain, from Latin germanus. See also germane, a formal variant which has survived in specific senses. (Wiktionary)

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