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german1

Line breaks: ger¦man
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːmən
 
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adjective

archaic

Origin

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

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German2

Line breaks: Ger¦man
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːmən
 
/

noun

1A native or inhabitant of Germany, or a person of German descent.
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.
2 [mass noun] A West Germanic language used in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland, and by communities in the US and elsewhere. It is spoken by some 100 million people. 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.

adjective

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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 neighbours; compare with Old Irish gair 'neighbour'.

Derivatives

Germanist

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noun
Example sentences
  • There are also Germanists and theologians on the Bach Collegium team.
  • His analysis prompted many Germanists to rethink their conceptualization of violence and modernity as it related to the Eastern Front.
  • Two Germanists bring the somewhat obvious emotional intensity of this cry within lyric to theoretical articulation.

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