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

  • n. An attitude, custom, or feature that seems characteristically German.
  • n. A linguistic feature of German, especially a German idiom or phrasing that appears in a language other than German.
  • n. Esteem for Germany and emulation of German ways.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A word or idiom of the German language (that has been borrowed by another language).
  • n. The culture and customs of the Germanic people (or tribes).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An idiom of the German language.
  • n. A characteristic of the Germans; a characteristic German mode, doctrine, etc.; rationalism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being German in feelings or sentiment; regard for or love of German institutions, interests, and ideas.
  • n. An imitation of German speech; an idiom or phrase copied from the German or resembling German in construction.

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

  • n. a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens


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