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. 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 one's 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

  7. Origin: [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.]

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

How to pronounce German?

  1. Alex
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How to say German in sign language?

  1. german


  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. Frank-Walter Steinmeier:

    This war was a German crime.

  2. Yale Zhang:

    The German myth is being broken.

  3. Steffen Mau:

    East German women are successful.

  4. Adolf Hitler:

    German are Rulers, not to be Rule.

  5. Hubert Lienhard:

    I do not see a sell-off of German industry.

Images & Illustrations of German

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