Third Reich


noun

Germany during the Nazi regime 1933–45.

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British Dictionary definitions for Third Reich

Third Reich

noun

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Cultural definitions for Third Reich

Third Reich
[ (reyekh, reyek) ]

The name given by the Nazis to their government in Germany; Reich is German for “empire.” Adolf Hitler, their leader, believed that he was creating a third German empire, a successor to the Holy Roman Empire and the German empire formed by Chancellor Bismarck in the nineteenth century.

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