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

  1. of or containing germanium, especially in the tetravalent state.

Origin of germanic

First recorded in1885–90; german(ium) + -ic

Words Nearby germanic

Other definitions for Germanic (2 of 2)

[ jer-man-ik ]

  1. of or relating to the Teutons or their languages.

  1. 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. Abbreviations: Gmc, Gmc.

  1. an ancient Indo-European language, the immediate linguistic ancestor of the Germanic languages. Abbreviations: Gmc, Gmc.

Origin of Germanic

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin Germānicus “pertaining to Germany or the Germans”; see origin at German, -ic

Other words from Germanic

  • Ger·man·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti-Ger·man·ic, adjective
  • non-Ger·man·ic, adjective
  • pre-Ger·man·ic, adjective, noun
  • pro-Ger·man·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do-Ger·man·ic, adjective
  • trans-Ger·man·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use germanic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for germanic (1 of 2)


/ (dʒɜːˈmænɪk) /

  1. of or containing germanium in the tetravalent state

British Dictionary definitions for Germanic (2 of 2)


/ (dʒɜːˈmænɪk) /

  1. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes English, Dutch, German, the Scandinavian languages, and Gothic: Abbreviation: 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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