One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Germany or the lands corresponding to modern Germany; a German. Chiefly archaic and literary in later use.
2A kind of dance, especially one of a form cultivated in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in England, similar to (and sometimes identified with) the allemande, but typically livelier and accompanied by a simpler melody. Now historical.
3Music. A piece of music based on or accompanying an Almain. Compare "allemande". Now chiefly historical.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany or the German language; German. Now archaic and historical.
Middle English; earliest use found in Guy of Warwick. From Anglo-Norman alemaun, almand, alaman, allemaund, Anglo-Norman and Middle French aleman, Middle French allemand, allemant, (plural) allemans (French allemand) (adjective) German, (noun) native or inhabitant of Germany, the German language from post-classical Latin Alamannus.
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