What does German mean?

Definitions for German
ˈdʒɜr mənger·man

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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"


  1. Germannoun

    An inhabitant of Germany; a person of German descent.

  2. Germannoun

    A member of a Germanic tribe.

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

  3. Germanadjective

    Of or relating to the country of Germany.

    He is half German, half American.

  4. Germanadjective

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


  5. Germanadjective

    Of, in or relating to the German language.

  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.

  7. germannoun

    A near relative.

  8. germanadjective

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

    He is half German, half American.

  9. germanadjective

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


  10. germanadjective

    Closely related, akin.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Germanadjective


    Etymology: germanus, Latin.

    Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy, and vengeance bitter; but those that are german to him, though removed fifty times, shall come under the hangman. William Shakespeare.

  2. Germannoun

    Brother; one approaching to a brother in proximity of blood: thus the children of brothers or sisters are called cousins german.

    Etymology: germain, French; germanus, Lat.

    They knew it was their cousin german, the famous Amphialus. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    And to him said, go now, proud miscreant,
    Thyself thy message do to german dear. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    These Germans did subdue all Germany,
    Of whom it hight; but in the end their fire,
    With foul repulse, from France was forced to retire. F. Q.

    Wert thou a bear, thou wouldst be kill’d by the horse; wert thou a horse, thou wouldst be seiz’d by the leopard; wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were juries on thy life. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    You’ll have your nephews neigh to you; you’ll have coursers for cousins, and genets for germans. William Shakespeare, Othello.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Germanadjective

    nearly related; closely akin

  2. Germannoun

    a native or one of the people of Germany

  3. Germannoun

    the German language

  4. Germannoun

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

  5. Germannoun

    a social party at which the german is danced

  6. Germannoun

    of or pertaining to Germany

  7. 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. manger

  2. ragmen

  3. engram

  4. Engram

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  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. Julius Reiter:

    It cannot be that German clients are treated as second class clients, they are the backbone of the company.

  2. Marthe Skaar:

    Norges Bank Investment Management intends to join a legal action against Volkswagen arising out of that the company provided incorrect emissions data, we have been advised by our lawyers that the company's conduct gives rise to legal claims under German law. As an investor, it is our responsibility to safeguard the fund's holding in Volkswagen.

  3. Toto Wolff:

    I think( commercial rights holders) Liberty Media has a great problem in having more demand than supply which is good and also good for the teams as fundamentally we share a large part of the prize fund, we will encourage them to look at the German Grand Prix but it is( Formula One chief executive) Chase( Carey's) call to decide where we go.

  4. Anton Hofreiter:

    I won't vote 'no' because I think Greece definitely needs a bailout and we need to keep Greece in the euro zone, but I, and a large majority of the fraction, do not have confidence in the German government to act in a way that will prevent a Grexit.

  5. Angus Young:

    As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man, he always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. Rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in German in 2003. ((AP Photo/Jan Pitman).

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    a conveyance that transports people or objects
    • A. intelligence
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