[jer-man-ik, -mey-nik]

Origin of germanic

First recorded in 1885–90; german(ium) + -ic


  1. of or relating to the Teutons or their languages.
  2. German.
  3. of, relating to, or noting the Germanic branch of languages.
  1. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages including German, Dutch, English, the Scandinavian languages, Afrikaans, Flemish, Frisian, and the extinct Gothic language.
  2. Proto-Germanic(def 1).
  3. an ancient Indo-European language, the immediate linguistic ancestor of the Germanic languages. Abbreviation: Gmc

Origin of Germanic

From the Latin word Germānicus, dating back to 1625–35. See German, -ic
Related formsGer·man·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti-Ger·man·ic, adjectivenon-Ger·man·ic, adjectivepre-Ger·man·ic, adjective, nounpseu·do-Ger·man·ic, adjectivetrans-Ger·man·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for germanic


  1. of or containing germanium in the tetravalent state


  1. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes English, Dutch, German, the Scandinavian languages, and GothicAbbreviation: Gmc See East Germanic, West Germanic, North Germanic
  2. the unrecorded language from which all of these languages developed; Proto-Germanic
  1. of, denoting, or relating to this group of languages
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany, the German language, or any people that speaks a Germanic language
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Word Origin and History for germanic



1630s, "of Germany or Germans," from German (n.) + -ic. As the name of a language family, 1892, replacing earlier Teutonic. Germanical is attested from 1550s.

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