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german1

Syllabification: ger·man
Pronunciation: /ˈjərmən
 
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adjective

archaic
1.1 [postpositive] (Of a sibling) having the same parents: my brothers-german

Origin

Middle English: from Old French germain, from Latin germanus 'genuine, of the same parents'.

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German2

Syllabification: Ger·man
Pronunciation: /ˈjərmən
 
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noun

1A native or inhabitant of Germany.
Example sentences
  • First taken by the British, it was lost next day to the Germans by the Americans who failed to retake it.
  • That experience taught him how hard it will be to sell our expertise to the Swiss and Germans.
  • We have got a lot to learn from the Americans, from the French, from the Germans in that respect.
1.1A person of German descent: Sudeten Germans
2A West Germanic language used in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland, and by communities in the US and elsewhere. See also High German, Low German.
Example sentences
  • They speak a dialect of German called Pennsylvania Dutch at home.
  • The official language is German but spoken language is an Alemannic dialect.
  • From what I can tell, somebody went through and very literally translated words from German to English for the North American release.
3 (in full German cotillion) A complex dance in which one couple leads the other couples through a variety of figures and there is a continual change of partners.

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Of or relating to Germany, its people, or their language.
Example sentences
  • As for all the phenomena (to use the language of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant), they are no more deep than our own minds.
  • A traditional old colony church service in the German language begins at 11 a.m.
  • I met an exchange student who was studying for a languages degree at a German university.

Origin

from Latin Germanus, used to designate related peoples of central and northern Europe, a name perhaps given by Celts to their neighbors; compare with Old Irish gair 'neighbor'.

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