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Meaning of german

ger•man

Pronunciation: ( jûr'mun), [key]
— adj.
  1. having the same father and mother, as a full brother or sister (usually used in combination): a brother-german.
  2. born of the brother or sister of one's father or mother, as a first cousin (usually used in combination): a cousin-german.
  3. germane.

Ger•man

Pronunciation: ( jûr'mun), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to Germany, its inhabitants, or their language.
—n.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Germany.
  2. a descendant of a native of Germany.
  3. Also calledan Indo-European language that is based on a High German dialect, is official in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and is also widely used as an international language for scholarship and science. Abbr.: G, G.
  4. any variety of West Germanic speech native to Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.
  5. (usually l.c.) an elaborate social dance resembling a cotillion.
  6. (l.c.)and South Atlantic States. a dancing party featuring the german.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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