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[too-ton-ik, tyoo-] /tuˈtɒn ɪk, tyu-/
of or relating to the ancient Teutons.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Teutons or Germans; German.
noting or pertaining to the northern European stock that includes the German, Dutch, Scandinavian, British, and related peoples.
(of languages) Germanic.
Origin of Teutonic
1580-90; Teuton + -ic
Related forms
Teutonically, adverb
anti-Teutonic, adjective
non-Teutonic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Teutonic races seem to be especially free from the taint.

  • This was said in a guttural voice, the accent being quite Teutonic.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The next day he would say: 'I come to bring a sword'--that was the noble German blood of a Teutonic ancestor.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Observe the Teutonic sense of proportion and nice forgiving temper.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • In the early annals of York numerous Teutonic names are observable.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
British Dictionary definitions for Teutonic


characteristic of or relating to the German people: Teutonic thoroughness
of or relating to the ancient Teutons
(not used in linguistics) of or relating to the Germanic languages
an obsolete name for Germanic
Derived Forms
Teutonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for Teutonic

c.1600, "of or pertaining to the Germanic languages and to peoples or tribes who speak or spoke them," from Latin Teutonicus, from Teutones, name of a tribe that inhabited coastal Germany and devastated Gaul 113-101 B.C.E., probably from a Proto-Germanic word related to Old High German diot "people" (see Dutch), from *teuta, the common PIE word for "people" (cf. Lithuanian tauto, Oscan touto, Old Irish tuath, Gothic þiuda, Old English þeod).

Used in English in anthropology to avoid the modern political association of German; but in this anthropoligical sense French uses germanique and German uses germanisch, because neither uses its form of German for the narrower national meaning (cf. French allemand, see Alemanni; and German deutsch). In Finnish, Germany is Saksa "Land of the Saxons."

The Teutonic Knights (founded c.1191) were a military order of German knights formed for service in the Holy Land, but who later crusaded in then-pagan Prussia and Lithuania. The Teutonic cross (1882) was the badge of the order. Teuton "a German" is attested from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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