One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The quality or fact of being ‘german’ or closely related; the relationship of siblings or first cousins.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John King (d. 1621), bishop of London. From classical Latin germānitāt-, germānitās relationship between brothers and sisters, affinity from germānus + -tās. Compare Middle French germanité relationship between siblings and also germaineté, in the same sense.
The qualities or characteristics attributed to or possessed by Germans, German, or Germany; German culture; the fact of being German.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edinburgh Monthly Review. From German + -ity.
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