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"


  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).

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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  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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  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. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

    I admire German leadership in clean energy and commitment to combating climate change.

  2. Melanie Gaydos:

    My very first professional job was with the German heavy metal band Rammstein, that was a lot of fun.

  3. Derek Holt at Scotiabank:

    There are dim hopes amidst an active rumor mill that on balance continues to portray both Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and his main banker German Chancellor Angela Merkel as uncompromising.

  4. Charles Lew:

    We are working on another German supply agreement which we expect to tie up this year.

  5. Jigar Shah:

    The worst part of this is one German person could manipulate the entire trade apparatus of the United States for his own personal gain.

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