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[jer-man-ik] /dʒərˈmæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Teutons or their languages.
2.
3.
of, pertaining to, or noting the Germanic branch of languages.
noun
4.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages including German, Dutch, English, the Scandinavian languages, Afrikaans, Flemish, Frisian, and the extinct Gothic language.
5.
Proto-Germanic (def 1).
6.
an ancient Indo-European language, the immediate linguistic ancestor of the Germanic languages.
Abbreviation: Gmc.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin Germānicus. See German, -ic
Related forms
Germanically, adverb
anti-Germanic, adjective
non-Germanic, adjective
pre-Germanic, adjective, noun
pseudo-Germanic, adjective
trans-Germanic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pre germanic

germanic

/dʒɜːˈmænɪk/
adjective
1.
of or containing germanium in the tetravalent state

Germanic

/dʒɜːˈmænɪk/
noun
1.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes English, Dutch, German, the Scandinavian languages, and Gothic Gmc See East Germanic, West Germanic, North Germanic
2.
the unrecorded language from which all of these languages developed; Proto-Germanic
adjective
3.
of, denoting, or relating to this group of languages
4.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany, the German language, or any people that speaks a Germanic language
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Word Origin and History for pre germanic

Germanic

adj.

1630s, "of Germany or Germans," from German (n.) + -ic. As the name of a language family, 1892, replacing earlier Teutonic. Germanical is attested from 1550s.

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