[jur-muh-niz-uh m]
  1. a usage, idiom, or other feature that is characteristic of the German language.
  2. a custom, manner, mode of thought, action, etc., that is characteristic of the German people.
  3. extreme partiality for or attachment to Germany, Germans, or German customs, manners, etc.

Origin of Germanism

First recorded in 1605–15; German + -ism
Related formsan·ti-Ger·man·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a word or idiom borrowed from or modelled on German
  2. a German custom, trait, practice, etc
  3. attachment to or high regard for German customs, institutions, etc
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