Pronunciation: ( jûr'mun), [key]
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. Archaic.germane.


Pronunciation: ( jûr'mun), [key]
of or pertaining to Germany, its inhabitants, or their language.

1. a native or inhabitant of Germany.
2. a descendant of a native of Germany.
3. Also called High German. an 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. Ling.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.) New England and South Atlantic States. a dancing party featuring the german.

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