What does German mean?

Definitions for German
ˈdʒɜr mənGer·man

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word German.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Germannoun

    a person of German nationality

  2. German, High German, German languageadjective

    the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic

  3. Germanadjective

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. Germannoun

    An inhabitant of Germany; a person of German descent.

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

  2. Germannoun

    A member of a Germanic tribe.

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

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

  3. Germanadjective

    Of or relating to the country of Germany.

    He is half German, half American.

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

  4. Germanadjective

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

    cousin-german

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

  5. Germanadjective

    Of, in or relating to the German language.

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

  6. Germannoun

    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.

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

  7. germannoun

    A near relative.

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

  8. germanadjective

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

    He is half German, half American.

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

  9. germanadjective

    Being born to one's blood aunt or uncle, a first (cousin).

    cousin-german

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

  10. germanadjective

    Closely related, akin.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Germanadjective

    nearly related; closely akin

    Etymology: [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L. germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ, Germane.]

  2. Germannoun

    a native or one of the people of Germany

    Etymology: [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L. germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ, Germane.]

  3. Germannoun

    the German language

    Etymology: [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L. germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ, Germane.]

  4. Germannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L. germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ, Germane.]

  5. Germannoun

    a social party at which the german is danced

    Etymology: [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L. germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ, Germane.]

  6. Germannoun

    of or pertaining to Germany

    Etymology: [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L. germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ, Germane.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. German

    jėr′man, adj. of the first degree, as cousins german: closely allied.—n. one from the same stock or closely allied.—adj. Germane′, nearly related: relevant, appropriate. [O. Fr. germain—L. germanus, prob. for germinanusgermen, -inis, origin.]

  2. German

    jėr′man, n. a native of Germany; the German language:—pl. Ger′mans.—adj. of or from Germany.—adjs. Germanesque′, marked by German characteristics; German′ic, pertaining to Germany.—adv. German′ically.—v.i. Ger′manise, to show German qualities.—adj. Ger′manish, somewhat German in qualities.—ns. Ger′manism, an idiom of the German language; Ger′manist.—adj. Germanis′tic, pertaining to the study of German.—n. Ger′man-sil′ver, an alloy of copper, nickel, and zinc, white like silver, and first made in Germany.—High German, the variety of Teutonic speech, originally confined to 'High' or Southern Germany, but now accepted as the literary language throughout the whole of Germany; Low German, properly Plattdeutsch, the general name for the dialects of Germany which are not High German, but also applied by philologists to all the West Germanic dialects except High German (including English, Dutch, Frisian), and formerly in a still wider sense including also Gothic and Scandinavian. [L. Germani, 'shouters,' from Celt. gairm, a loud cry; or 'neighbours'—i.e. to the Gauls, from Celt. (Old Ir.) gair, a neighbour.]

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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 for German »

  1. engram, Engram

  2. ragmen

  3. manger

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of German in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of German in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of German in a Sentence

  1. Jens Suedekum:

    This spilled over to German exporters, chancellor Angela Merkel should send a thank-you note to Paris.

  2. Andrea Nahles:

    Horst Seehofer is a danger to Europe, horst Seehofer and (Bavarian premier Markus) Soeder are on the way to a German Brexit.

  3. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:

    They are well suited to do it. And since they both do it with the German and European perspective, then basically they do it in a way which is beneficial to all.

  4. Anne Neuberger:

    The most important takeaway from the recent spate of ransomware attacks on US, Irish, German and other organizations around the world is that companies that view ransomware as a threat to their core business operations rather than a simple risk of data theft will react and recover more effectively.

  5. Ian Gunner:

    The weaker headline number was perhaps expected given what we've seen from the German numbers, but the core rate was higher... I think that explains the reaction.

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