(comparative more german, superlative most german)
- 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, V.2:
- The phrase would bee more Germaine.
- Wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion.
From Old French germain, from Latin germānus. See also germane, a formal variant which has survived in specific senses. Not related to the proper noun German.
From German (“of Germany”).
(comparative more German, superlative most German)
- Of or relating to the nation of Germany.
- Of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Germany; to people of German descent.
- Her German husband has blond hair.
- Of, in or relating to the German language.
- We take German classes twice a week.
- Because the instructions were German, Yves couldn't read them.
From Latin Germanus, Germani (“the peoples of Germania”), as distinct from Gauls (in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus), and of uncertain ultimate origin (possibly Celtic/Gaulish).
Not related to the Latin adjective germānus (whence the English words german and germane, through Old French). Attested since at least 1520. Replaced the older terms Almain and Dutch in English.