[vair-mahkht; German veyr-mahkht]


the German armed forces of the years prior to and during World War II.

Origin of Wehrmacht

< German, equivalent to Wehr defense + Macht force
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  • A lot of Rivers's, and everybody else's who's been fooling with it around here, and half the Wehrmacht.

    Murder in the Gunroom

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for wehrmacht



the armed services of the German Third Reich from 1935 to 1945

Word Origin for Wehrmacht

from Wehr defence + Macht force
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Word Origin and History for wehrmacht



"the armed forces of Germany," 1935, from German Wehrmacht (name of the armed forces 1921-1945), from Wehr "defense" (see weir) + Macht "might" (see might (n.)).

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