Definition of Teuton in English:



  • 1A member of a people who lived in Jutland in the 4th century BC and fought the Romans in France in the 2nd century BC.

    • ‘Eventually Larax goes to Rome for help against the Teutons, but I think all that happens there is he ends up fighting the Romans, too.’
    • ‘Roman scribe Tacitus writes: ‘To drink, the Teutons have a horrible brew fermented from barley or wheat, a brew which is very far removed our excellent wines.’’
    • ‘Shaken by his early defeats, Caesar engages the aid of the Teutons and a final great battle is joined which will decide the ultimate fate of all Gaul.’
    • ‘These same people, Basham states, also went westwards, ‘to become the ancestors of the Greeks, Latins, Celts and Teutons.’’
    • ‘Invaded by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Teutons and Spaniards, Sicily is different in culture and appearance from the rest of Italy.’
    1. 1.1derogatory A German.
      • ‘Consistent with his generous heart, the talented Teuton is quick to credit others with his improvements.’
      • ‘The Teuton with the trillion-watt smile accepted.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, the lads flex their dub muscle: ‘Tusovska Dub Version’ and ‘Sevastopol Version’ are both driven by Micha Acher's prowling basswork, suggesting that, when they want to, these wily Teutons can lay down the funk.’


From Latin Teutones, Teutoni (plural), from an Indo-European root meaning ‘people’ or ‘country’.