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german

adjective ger·man \ ˈjər-mən \

Definition of german

: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

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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

Definition of german

obsolete
:a near relative

First Known Use of german

15th century

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German

noun Ger·man \ ˈjər-mən \

Definition of German

1 :a member of any of the Germanic peoples inhabiting western Europe in Roman times
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 a :the Germanic language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland
b :the literary and official language of Germany
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

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German

adjective

Definition of German

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

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First Known Use of german

15th century

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GERMAN Defined for English Language Learners

German

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

noun Ger·man \ ˈjər-mən \

Definition of German for Students

1 :a person born or living in Germany
2 :the language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland

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German

adjective

Definition of German for Students

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


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