AskDefine | Define German

Dictionary Definition

German adj
1 of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language; "German philosophers"; "German universities"; "German literature"
2 of a more or less German nature; somewhat German; "Germanic peoples"; "his Germanic nature"; "formidable volumes Teutonic in their thoroughness" [syn: Germanic, Teutonic]


1 a person of German nationality
2 the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic [syn: High German, German language]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈdʒɜːmən/, /"dZ3:m@n/
  • a US /ˈdʒɜrmən/, /dZ3'rm@n/
  • Rhymes with: -ɜː(r)mən


From Germani, as distinct from Gauls (Caesar, Tacitus).


  1. An inhabitant of Germany; a person of German descent.



German person

Proper noun

  1. An Indo-European language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol and Switzerland and a small part of Belgium.



the German language


  1. Relating to the country of Germany.
  2. Relating to the German language.



Relating to the country of Germany or to the German language


Extensive Definition

German(s) may refer to:
  • Germany, a country in west-central Europe
  • Germans, the ethnic group sharing a common German culture, speaking the German language as a mother tongue and being of German descent
  • The German language
  • "Germanic" or Germanic peoples, used in some early translations of ancient Roman texts to English to describe the early tribal peoples of northwestern-Europe.

See also

German in Tosk Albanian: Deutsch
German in Arabic: ألمانية
German in German: Deutsch
German in Spanish: Alemán (desambiguación)
German in French: Deutsch
German in Italian: Tedesco
German in Japanese: ゲルマン
German in Norwegian Nynorsk: Tysk
German in Polish: German (ujednoznacznienie)
German in Portuguese: Alemão
German in Simple English: German
German in Thai: เยอรมัน
German in Chinese: 德意志
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