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Germany

[jur-muh-nee]
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  1. a republic in central Europe: after World War II divided into four zones, British, French, U.S., and Soviet, and in 1949 into East Germany and West Germany; East and West Germany were reunited in 1990. 137,852 sq. mi. (357,039 sq. km). Capital: Berlin.
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  • The newspapers informed the world in May that Handel was going to spend the summer in Germany.

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • It is of England, yes; of Germany, yes; of the Americas, yes.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • My country is at war with Germany; and my whole duty is to her.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Germany and England had an equal stake in the opening of this new route.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Germany had given them money for the work, and at last Greece allowed them to begin.


British Dictionary definitions for germany

Germany

noun
  1. a country in central Europe: in the Middle Ages the centre of the Holy Roman Empire; dissolved into numerous principalities; united under the leadership of Prussia in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War; became a republic with reduced size in 1919 after being defeated in World War I; under the dictatorship of Hitler from 1933 to 1945; defeated in World War II and divided by the Allied Powers into four zones, which became established as East and West Germany in the late 1940s; reunified in 1990: a member of the European Union. It is flat and low-lying in the north with plateaus and uplands (including the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps) in the centre and south. Official language: German. Religion: Christianity, Protestant majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Berlin. Pop: 81 147 265 (2013 est). Area: 357 041 sq km (137 825 sq miles)German name: Deutschland Official name: Federal Republic of Germany See also East Germany, West Germany Related adjective: Teutonic
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Word Origin and History for germany

Germany

c.1300, from Latin Germania, a Roman designation (see German (n.)). In Middle English the place also was called Almaine (early 14c.).

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germany in Culture

Germany

Republic in north-central Europe, divided into East Germany and West Germany in 1949 and reunited in 1990. Officially called the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Germany was a collection of competing states until it was unified during the second half of the nineteenth century under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck.

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Germany's industrial, colonial, and naval expansion was considered a threat by the British and French and was one of the main causes of World War I, in which Germany was badly defeated.

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After the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, Germany was divided into four zones occupied by British, French, Soviet, and American forces.

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Since reunification Germany has become Europe's leading economic power. (See East Germany and West Germany under “World History since 1550.”)
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