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

  • n. The territory or government of a German state, as the Holy Roman Empire, or First Reich, from 962 to 1806; the German Empire, or Second Reich, from 1871 to 1919; the Weimar Republic, from 1919 to 1933; or the Third Reich, from 1933 to 1945.
  • Reich, Stephen Michael Known as "Steve.” Born 1936. American classical composer whose work often draws on West African and Balinese musical traditions.
  • Reich, Wilhelm 1897-1957. Austrian psychoanalyst who theorized that sexual repression is the source of many psychological and social problems.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The territory of a German empire or nation, or its government.

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

  • n. the German state
  • n. Austrian born psychoanalyst who lived in the United States; advocated sexual freedom and believed that cosmic energy could be concentrated in a human being (1897-1957)
  • n. United States composer (born in 1936)


German, empire, realm, from Middle High German rīch, rīche, from Old High German rīhhi; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Reich ("empire, realm"). (Wiktionary)



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