Meaning of GERMAN in English

GERMAN

I. ˈjərmən, ˈjə̄m-, ˈjəim-

archaic

variant of germane

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French germain brother, cousin, from germain, adjective, having the same parents, from Latin germanus, irregular from germin-, germen + -anus -an

obsolete : a near relative

you'll have coursers for cousins, and gennets for germans — Shakespeare

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Medieval Latin Germanus, from Latin, any member of the Germanic peoples that inhabited western Europe in Roman times

1. capitalized

a. : a native or inhabitant of Germany

b. : a person of German descent

2. capitalized

a. : the West Germanic language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland — see high german , low german ; indo-european languages table

b. : the literary and official language of Germany — called also High German ; see middle high german , old high german

3. capitalized : one who speaks the German language or its dialectal variants outside Germany (as a Swiss German)

4. sometimes capitalized

a. or german cotillion : a dance consisting of capriciously involved figures intermingled with waltzes

b. chiefly Midland : a dancing party ; specifically : one at which the german is danced

5. usually capitalized : albacore 1

IV. adjective

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: Latin Germanus of or relating to the Germanic peoples that inhabited western Europe in Roman times

1.

a. : of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany

b. : of, relating to, or characteristic of the Germans

2. : of, relating to, or characteristic of the German language

• ger·man·ly adverb , usually capitalized

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