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Middle English: from Old French germain, from Latin germanus ‘genuine, of the same parents’.
1A native or inhabitant of Germany, or a person of German descent.
- ‘Despite such overwhelming numbers, the Germans did not do well at the start of the battle.’
- ‘Ossies, as East Germans came to be called, felt they had every right to be disappointed.’
- ‘The Germans may have had a fine submarine on paper but producing it in numbers was a different matter.’
- ‘First taken by the British, it was lost next day to the Germans by the Americans who failed to retake it.’
- ‘Both the French and Germans wished to control it as it gave an army height in that area.’
- ‘Put another way, the French and Germans have found a way of making the market serve everyone.’
- ‘They captured many of the records that the Germans left behind in their hurried departure.’
- ‘The new design was quickly latched onto by the Germans and a naval race began.’
- ‘His plot to deceive the Germans was immortalised in this film.’
- ‘Likewise, the Russians could not let the Germans get hold of the oil fields in the Caucasus.’
- ‘Sweden are really going for this, which will be making the Germans feel most unpopular.’
- ‘That experience taught him how hard it will be to sell our expertise to the Swiss and Germans.’
- ‘Dieppe was very well defended by the Germans who realised its value as a port.’
- ‘We have got a lot to learn from the Americans, from the French, from the Germans in that respect.’
- ‘The Germans excelled at fast warfare and French and British forces could not keep up.’
- ‘Germany and Europe will be waiting to see how these two most different of Germans gel on the big stage.’
- ‘The Dutch will go through with victory against Latvia only if the Germans do not beat the Czechs.’
- ‘Its brilliance was to permit the rearming of Germans but not the rearmament of Germany.’
- ‘It was the sort of thing the Germans supply for first aid at spectacular autobahn accidents.’
- ‘Flu had a terrible impact on Germans as the people had little bodily strength to fight the illness.’
2mass noun A West Germanic language used in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland, and by communities in the US and elsewhere. It is spoken by some 100 million people.
- ‘Pablo stresses that he's also trying to learn German so he can talk to yet another group of potential customers.’
- ‘For those who do not read German everything in this chapter will be new.’
- ‘They speak a dialect of German called Pennsylvania Dutch at home.’
- ‘I don't know enough German to have figured out the whole story, but I guessed it was something along those lines.’
- ‘She quickly explained that they were studying German on an exchange program.’
- ‘I only wish I could read German, so I could figure out what they're saying.’
- ‘An Italian citizen by birth, his first language is German, and it is in Germany and Austria that his fame, some might say infamy, is greatest.’
- ‘His books have been translated into several languages, including German, Dutch, French, Hungarian and Japanese.’
- ‘From what I can tell, somebody went through and very literally translated words from German to English for the North American release.’
- ‘The official language is German but spoken language is an Alemannic dialect.’
- ‘If you want to experience Wagner's Ring, you should see a full orchestral production, in German, in Bayreuth if you can afford it.’
- ‘Yes, the ship was overwhelmingly German and German-American, and during bingo sessions I learned to count in German.’
- ‘So, that's how I started studying German, which led to my love of language and literature.’
- ‘Nearly ninety-nine percent of Austrians speak German, although at least four different dialects are in use.’
- ‘I was 30 years old, and I performed it in German, as was the practice at the time.’
- ‘More and more jobs being advertised have a requirement that the applicant can speak German or another European language.’
- ‘Learning from a family friend that he was the son of a German soldier came as a shock to the taxi driver, who does not speak a word of German.’
- ‘I took 2 years of high school German and more in college, but don't really feel educated enough in the language to have an opinion.’
- ‘The tallest of the officers asked me something in German.’
- ‘Nouns derived from a place name in German, used in this kind of sentence, don't normally take the indefinite article ein.’
Relating to Germany, its people, or their language.
- ‘I met an exchange student who was studying for a languages degree at a German university.’
- ‘When Portugal and Spain joined in the 1980s, their wages were roughly half west German levels.’
- ‘In 1147 a contingent of German ships assembled at Cologne and sailed to Dartmouth to join an English army.’
- ‘A poem I had to memorize in my freshman German class danced through my head.’
- ‘They acquire old broadcasts of old East German programs that Alex plays on a hidden VCR.’
- ‘Imagine a German citizen coming to Russia with no language, no concept of the native culture, with every detail he encounters feeling to him completely foreign.’
- ‘I stare at the wall-mounted television, which is depicting some German people dancing to folk music.’
- ‘Elementary German language school enrollments reached their zenith between 1880 and 1900.’
- ‘As for all the phenomena (to use the language of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant), they are no more deep than our own minds.’
- ‘Two of the medieval popes considered German were actually from places in what are today France and the Netherlands.’
- ‘The German language has a very particular word for the process of coming to terms with the past.’
- ‘For someone like me who is as much German as American, this is profoundly depressing.’
- ‘This is one reason why taxes are so high on German and other European wage earners.’
- ‘More than 200,000 German troops participated in the offensive.’
- ‘We wonder what about them is unique, what if anything specifically German.’
- ‘In Lafont's account, the German tradition believes that language constitutes thought.’
- ‘My grandfather was Nordic German and my grandmother was in the dark.’
- ‘In the first half of 19th century the German missionaries undertook a renaissance of the language.’
- ‘A traditional old colony church service in the German language begins at 11 a.m.’
- ‘He was fluent in the language, read German books as a matter of course, and had lived there and written about its politics.’
From Latin Germanus, used to designate related peoples of central and northern Europe, a name perhaps given by Celts to their neighbours; compare with Old Irish gair ‘neighbour’.
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