noun Wehr·macht \ˈverˌmä|kt, ˈveəˌm-, -mȧ|, |ḵt\

Definition of Wehrmacht



  1. :  the armed forces especially of Germany from 1935 to 1945

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Origin and Etymology of wehrmacht

German, from wehr defense (from Old High German werī) + macht force, might, from Old High German maht — more at weir, might

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a brief usually trivial fact

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