1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany or its people.
2. Of or relating to the German language.
a. A native or inhabitant of Germany.
b. A person of German ancestry.
2. Any of the West Germanic languages and dialects spoken or originating in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, especially standard High German.
[Middle English, from Latin Germānus.]
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