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"

Wiktionary

  1. German(Noun)

    An inhabitant of Germany; a person of German descent.

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

  2. German(Noun)

    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. German(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the country of Germany.

    He is half German, half American.

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

  4. German(Adjective)

    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. German(Adjective)

    Of, in or relating to the German language.

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

  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.

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

  7. german(Noun)

    A near relative.

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

  8. german(Adjective)

    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. german(Adjective)

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

    cousin-german

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

  10. german(Adjective)

    Closely related, akin.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. German(adj)

    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. German(noun)

    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. German(noun)

    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. German(noun)

    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. German(noun)

    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. German(noun)

    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.]

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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    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say German in sign language?

  1. german

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. Peter Maurer:

    Above all German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken on a leadership role and is helping in an unbureaucratic and quick way.

  2. Julia Reinhardt:

    There is a provision in German law that allows for crimes that affect Germans abroad -– whether perpetrator or victim -– to be also covered in trial in Germany.

  3. Mike Rogers:

    We had talked to our French counterparts ... and we gave them a heads up: 'Look, we are watching the Russians. We are seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure. Here's what we've seen ... what can we do to assist?' we are doing the same with our German counterparts (and) our British counterparts.

  4. Chairman Wuelfing:

    The French don't sit around - they are always first when it comes to connecting commercial and political interests, german carmakers would be well advised to hit the road.

  5. Angela Merkel:

    It feels good that in a difficult hour like this that we're standing so closely together, dear Francois, I'd like to say a heartfelt 'thank you' in the name of millions of Germans who appreciate this German-Franco friendship.

Images & Illustrations of German

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