• A native or inhabitant of Germany; a person of German citizenship or nationality.
  • A member of the Germanic ethnic group which is the most populous ethnic group in Germany; a person of German descent.
  • A member of a Germanic tribe.
  • A German wine.
  • A size of type between American and Saxon, -point type.
  • A Germany-produced car, a “German whip”.

Proper Noun


  • Of or relating to the nation of Germany.
  • Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Germany; to people of German descent.
  • Of, in or relating to the German language.


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  • From Latin Germānus, Germānī (“the peoples of Germānia”), as distinct from Gauls (in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus), and of uncertain ultimate origin (possibly Celtic/Gaulish).
  • Not related to german or germane (from the Latin adjective germānus, through Old French).
  • Attested since at least 1520. Replaced the older terms Almain and Dutch (from Proto-Germanic *þiudiskaz) in English. Besides cognates of German, Almain, and Dutch, two other categories of words for the Germans in other languages are cognates of Saxon and descendants of Proto-Slavic *němьcь; see those entries for more.

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