Definitions for Germanˈdʒɜr mən

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word German

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ger•manˈdʒɜr mən(adj.)

  1. having the same father and mother, as a full brother or sister (usu. used in combination):

    a brother-german.

  2. born of the brother or sister of one's father or mother, as a first cousin (usu. used in combination):

    a cousin-german.

Origin of german:

1250–1300; ME germain < OF < L germānus, der. of germen; see germ

Ger•manˈdʒɜr mən(n.)

  1. a native or inhabitant of Germany.

    Category: Peoples

  2. the West Germanic language of Germany, Austria, and most of Switzerland, historically comprising a broad range of dialects.

    Category: Peoples

    Ref: Abbr.: G 3 3; Compare High German , Low German.

  3. (usu. l.c.) an elaborate social dance resembling a cotillion.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. (l.c.) New England and South Atlantic States. a dancing party featuring the german.

    Category: Dialect

  5. (adj.)of or pertaining to Germany, its inhabitants, or their language.

    Category: Peoples

Origin of German:

1520–30; < L Germānus German; c. Gk Germanoí (pl.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. German(noun)

    a person of German nationality

  2. German, High German, German language(adj)

    the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic

  3. German(adj)

    of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language

    "German philosophers"; "German universities"; "German literature"


  1. German(Noun)

    An inhabitant of Germany; a person of German descent.

  2. German(Noun)

    A member of a Germanic tribe.

    Rome was sacked by Germans and the Western Roman Empire collapsed.

  3. German(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the country of Germany.

    He is half German, half American.

  4. German(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Germany; to people of German descent.


  5. German(Adjective)

    Of, in or relating to the German language.

  6. German(ProperNoun)

    An Indo-European (Indo-Germanic) language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol, Switzerland, Luxembourg and a small part of Belgium.

    German has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.

  7. german(Noun)

    A near relative.

  8. german(Adjective)

    Having the same mother and father; a full (brother or sister).

    He is half German, half American.

  9. german(Adjective)

    Being born to oneu2019s blood aunt or uncle, a first (cousin).


  10. german(Adjective)

    Closely related, akin.

  11. Origin: From germani, as distinct from Gauls (Caesar, Tacitus).

Webster Dictionary

  1. German(adj)

    nearly related; closely akin

  2. German(noun)

    a native or one of the people of Germany

  3. German(noun)

    the German language

  4. German(noun)

    a round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding in capriciosly involved figures

  5. German(noun)

    a social party at which the german is danced

  6. German(noun)

    of or pertaining to Germany


  1. German food

    German cuisine has evolved as a national cuisine through centuries of social and political change with variations from region to region. The southern regions of Germany, including Bavaria and neighbouring Swabia, share many dishes. Furthermore, across the border in Austria, one will find many different dishes. However, ingredients and dishes vary by region. Many significant regional dishes have become international, but have proliferated in very different variations across the country presently.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'German' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #986

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'German' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2518

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'German' in Nouns Frequency: #1096

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'German' in Adjectives Frequency: #123

Anagrams of German

  1. engram, Engram

  2. ragmen

  3. manger


Find a translation for the German definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these German definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"German." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for German?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for German: