having the same father and mother, as a full brother or sister (usually used in combination): a brother-german.
born of the brother or sister of one's father or mother, as a first cousin (usually used in combination): a cousin-german.
Archaic. germane.

1250–1300; Middle English germain < Old French < Latin germānus, derivative of germen; see germ Unabridged


of or pertaining to Germany, its inhabitants, or their language.
a native or inhabitant of Germany.
a descendant of a native of Germany.
Also called High German. an Indo-European language that is based on a High German dialect, is official in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and is also widely used as an international language for scholarship and science. Abbreviation: G, G.
Linguistics. any variety of West Germanic speech native to Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.
(usually lowercase) an elaborate social dance resembling a cotillion.
(lowercase) New England and South Atlantic States. a dancing party featuring the german.

1520–30; < Latin Germānus German; cognate with Greek Germanoí (plural)

anti-German, noun, adjective
half-German, adjective
non-German, adjective, noun
pre-German, adjective, noun
pro-German, adjective, noun
pseudo-German, adjective, noun
quasi-German, adjective
un-German, adjective Unabridged
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german1 (ˈdʒɜːmən)
(US) a dance consisting of complicated figures and changes of partners
[C19: shortened from German cotillion]

german2 (ˈdʒɜːmən)
1.  used in combination
 a.  having the same parents as oneself: a brother-german
 b.  having a parent that is a brother or sister of either of one's own parents: cousin-german
2.  a less common word for germane
[C14: via Old French germain, from Latin germānus of the same race, from germen sprout, offshoot]

German (ˈdʒɜːmən)
1.  High German See also Low German the official language of Germany and Austria and one of the official languages of Switzerland; the native language of approximately 100 million people. It is an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch, closely related to English and Dutch. There is considerable diversity of dialects; modern standard German is a development of Old High German, influenced by Martin Luther's translation of the Bible
2.  a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Germany
3.  a person whose native language is German: Swiss Germans; Volga Germans
4.  denoting, relating to, or using the German language
5.  relating to, denoting, or characteristic of any German state or its people
Related: Germano-, Teuto-

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Word Origin & History

"of the same parents or grandparents," c.1300, from O.Fr. germain, from L. germanus "of brothers and sisters," related to germen (gen. germinis) "sprout, bud," dissimilated from PIE *gen(e)-men-, from base *gene- "to give birth, beget" (see genus).

"Teuton," 1520s, from L. Germanus, first attested in writings of Julius Caesar, who used Germani to designate a group of tribes in northeastern Gaul, origin unknown, probably the name of an individual tribe. It is perhaps of Gaulish (Celtic) origin, perhaps originally meaning "noisy" (cf. O.Ir. garim
"to shout") or "neighbor" (cf. O.Ir. gair "neighbor"). The earlier English word was Almain or Dutch. Their name for themselves was the root word of modern Ger. Deutsch (see Dutch). Roman writers also used Teutoni as a German tribal name, and Latin writers after about 875 commonly refer to the German language as teutonicus. See also Alemanni and Teutonic. The German shepherd (dog) (1922) translates Ger. deutscher Schäferhund
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Computing Dictionary

German definition

human language
\j*r'mn\ A human language written (in latin alphabet) and spoken in Germany, Austria and parts of Switzerland.
German writing normally uses four non-ASCII characters: "äöüß", the first three have "umlauts" (two dots over the top): A O and U and the last is a double-S ("scharfes S") which looks like the Greek letter beta (except in capitalised words where it should be written "SS"). These can be written in ASCII in several ways, the most common are ae, oe ue AE OE UE ss or sz and the TeX versions "a "o "u "A "O "U "s.
See also ABEND, blinkenlights, DAU, DIN, gedanken, GMD, kluge.
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Example sentences for German
Was a german philosopher known for his atheistic pessimism and philosophical
Nevertheless, the german imperial government now saw one more chance for
It is from these bodies that the modern german works or factory committees
According to speer, allied bombing was not the biggest problem for german
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