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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

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german

noun ger·man

Definition of german

obsolete

  1. :  a near relative

First Known Use of german

15th century

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German

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noun Ger·man \ˈjər-mən\

Definition of German

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

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

  3. 3a :  the Germanic language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerlandb :  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 waltzesb 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

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German

adjective ger·man

Definition of German

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

First Known Use of german

15th century

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GERMAN Defined for English Language Learners

German

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noun

Definition of German for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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