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
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.
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.
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
The Teuton is the noblest race that has existed, and is the most progressive.
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!
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.
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.
"Teuton" but as blowing from the eternal heights of music whose winds list nothing of frontiers.
"Teuton" or the "Slav" he will give his last farthing and shed his heart's blood.
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.