Definition of Germanism in English:

Germanism

noun

  • 1An idiom, grammatical construction, word, or other linguistic feature particular to German, especially one used or adopted in another language.

  • 2(A) German ideas, philosophy, or attitudes; German ways of thinking or acting; (b) attachment to or adoption of these.

  • 3German quality, character, or style.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Coryate (?1577–1617), traveller and writer. From German + -ism. Compare post-classical Latin germanismus.

Pronunciation

Germanism

/ˈdʒəːmənɪz(ə)m/