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Wandervogel Line breaks: Wan¦der|vogel
Pronunciation: /ˈvandəˌfəʊɡəl/

Definition of Wandervogel in English:

noun (plural Wandervögel ˈvandəˌfəːɡəlˈvandɐˌføːɡl)

A member of a German youth organization founded at the end of the 19th century for the promotion of outdoor activities and folk culture.
Example sentences
  • In its early years it was identified with the German youth movement (Wandervogel), through such contemporary composers as Hugo Distler, and with the associated rediscovery of early music.
  • The Nazis also absorbed the German Youth Movement, the Wandervogel, which talked of our mystical relationship with the earth.
  • The ‘Wandervogel’ youth groups were the guitar-playing nature-loving members of the inter-war counter-culture and forerunners of the Hitler Youth.


German, literally 'bird of passage'.

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