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german

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adjective ger·man \ˈjər-mən\

Definition of german

  1. :  having the same parents or the same grandparents on either the maternal or paternal side —usually used after the noun which it modifies and joined to it by a hyphen <brother-german> <cousin-german>



Origin and Etymology of german

Middle English germain, from Anglo-French, from Latin germanus having the same parents, from germen


First Known Use: 14th century

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german

noun ger·man

Definition of german

obsolete

  1. :  a near relative



15th Century

First Known Use of german

15th century

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German

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noun Ger·man \ˈjər-mən\

Simple Definition of German

  • : a person born, raised, or living in Germany : a person whose family is from Germany

  • : the language of Germany that is also spoken in Austria, parts of Switzerland, and other places

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of German

  1. 1 :  a member of any of the Germanic peoples inhabiting western Europe in Roman times

  2. 2 a :  a native or inhabitant of Germany b :  a person of German descent c :  one whose native language is German and who is a native of a country other than Germany

  3. 3 a :  the Germanic language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland b :  the literary and official language of Germany

  4. 4 often not capitalized a :  a dance consisting of intricate figures that are improvised and intermingled with waltzes b chiefly Midland :  a dancing party; specifically :  one at which the german is danced

Origin and Etymology of german

Middle English, from Medieval Latin Germanus, from Latin


First Known Use: 14th century

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German

adjective ger·man

Definition of German

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany, the Germans, or German



15th Century

First Known Use of german

15th century

Other Language Terms



GERMAN Defined for Kids

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German

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noun Ger·man \ˈjər-mən\

Definition of German for Students

  1. 1 :  a person born or living in Germany

  2. 2 :  the language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland




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German

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adjective ger·man

Definition of German for Students

  1. :  of or relating to Germany, the Germans, or the German language




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