- having the same father and mother, as a full brother or sister (usually used in combination): a brother-german.
- born of the brother or sister of one's father or mother, as a first cousin (usually used in combination): a cousin-german.
- Archaic. germane.
Origin of german
- of or relating to Germany, its inhabitants, or their language.
- a native or inhabitant of Germany.
- a descendant of a native of Germany.
- Also called High German. an Indo-European language that is based on a High German dialect, is official in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and is also widely used as an international language for scholarship and science. Abbreviation: G, G.
- Linguistics. any variety of West Germanic speech native to Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.
- (usually lowercase) an elaborate social dance resembling a cotillion.
- (lowercase) New England and South Atlantic States. a dancing party featuring the german.
Origin of German
Examples from the Web for german
An additional 12,000 took to the streets in other German towns.Europe’s Islam Haters Say We Told You So
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
In the video, the bus is getting searched by a cop with a German shepherd.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
Many more German divisions would enter the fray over the next few days.
In the event, the enemy did plenty—far more than SHAEF, or for that matter the German high command, imagined possible.
Founded by German monks in present-day Old Town Stockholm, Zum Franziskaner has become a legend amongst locals and tourists.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
Many words of the talkative German were running in his mind from the night before.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He has made a speech, and dedicated it to German fame for ever.
It was made for the occasion by the stoutest courier, who was a German.
The German merely smoked and laughed; and they all smoked and laughed.
I have, however, given due credit to German criticism, when it is sound.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
- US a dance consisting of complicated figures and changes of partners
- (used in combination)
- having the same parents as oneselfa brother-german
- having a parent that is a brother or sister of either of one's own parentscousin-german
- a less common word for germane
- the official language of Germany and Austria and one of the official languages of Switzerland; the native language of approximately 100 million people. It is an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch, closely related to English and Dutch. There is considerable diversity of dialects; modern standard German is a development of Old High German, influenced by Martin Luther's translation of the BibleSee also High German, Low German
- a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Germany
- a person whose native language is GermanSwiss Germans; Volga Germans
- denoting, relating to, or using the German language
- relating to, denoting, or characteristic of any German state or its people
Word Origin and History for german
"of the same parents or grandparents," c.1300, from Old French germain "closely related" (12c.), from Latin germanus "full, own (of brothers and sisters); one's own brother; genuine, real," related to germen (genitive germinis) "sprout, bud," dissimilated from PIE *gen(e)-men-, from root *gene- "to give birth, beget" (see genus). Your cousin-german (also first cousin) is the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt; your children and your first cousin's are second cousins to one another; to you, your first cousin's children are first cousin once removed.
"Teuton, member of the Germanic tribes," 1520s (plural Germayns attested from late 14c.), from Latin Germanus, first attested in writings of Julius Caesar, who used Germani to designate a group of tribes in northeastern Gaul, origin unknown, probably the name of an individual tribe. It is perhaps of Gaulish (Celtic) origin, perhaps originally meaning "noisy" (cf. Old Irish garim "to shout") or "neighbor" (cf. Old Irish gair "neighbor"). The earlier English word was Almain (early 14c.) or Dutch.
Þe empere passede from þe Grees to þe Frenschemen and to þe Germans, þat beeþ Almayns. [John of Trevisa, translation of Higdon's Polychronicon, 1387]
Their name for themselves was the root word of modern German Deutsch (see Dutch). Roman writers also used Teutoni as a German tribal name, and Latin writers after about 875 commonly refer to the German language as teutonicus. See also Alemanni and Teutonic. As an adjective, from 1550s. The German shepherd (dog) (1922) translates German deutscher Schäferhund. German Ocean as an old name for the North Sea translates Ptolemy. German measles attested by 1856.