of or containing , especially in the tetravalent state.
of or relating to the Teutons or their languages.
of, relating to, or noting the Germanic branch of languages.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages including , Dutch, English, the Scandinavian languages, Afrikaans, Flemish, Frisian, and the extinct Gothic language.
(def 1).
an ancient Indo-European language, the immediate linguistic ancestor of the Germanic languages.
Abbreviation: Gmc.
Contemporary Examples

“For me to learn any Romance or germanic dialect, just put me in the environment, and it would come alive,” he said.
Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from ‘Babel No More’ Michael Erard January 9, 2012

Yes, as a figure, “Santa Claus” has his roots in early Christian Europe, Dutch folklore, and germanic paganism.
Yes, Megyn Kelly, Santa Can Be Black (and Jesus, Too) Jamelle Bouie December 11, 2013

I know the play started in England and is now in America, but there is a slightly germanic quality to it.
Ken Lay Lives! Kevin Sessums April 25, 2010

Matzo ball soup is definitely American, but also Eastern European and germanic and French.
Secrets of the Ultimate Jewish Mother Sarah Whitman-Salkin September 14, 2009

Italian unification in 1861 married the germanic north with the Latin south.
The Euro Crisis Not a Racial-Fable David Frum June 24, 2012

Historical Examples

It occurs in each and all of the germanic languages of the Gothic stock.
A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham

The germanic chain was complete, with every link welded together.
The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII) Various

A general name in germanic lands for cheeses made of goat’s milk.
The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown

This applies only to the germanic side; there is little change on the Russian.
The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII) Various

We learned also about the Slavs who lived to the eastward of the germanic tribes.
The World War and What was Behind It Louis P. Benezet

of or containing germanium in the tetravalent state
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes English, Dutch, German, the Scandinavian languages, and Gothic Gmc See East Germanic, West Germanic, North Germanic
the unrecorded language from which all of these languages developed; Proto-Germanic
of, denoting, or relating to this group of languages
of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany, the German language, or any people that speaks a Germanic language

1630s, “of Germany or Germans,” from German (n.) + -ic. As the name of a language family, 1892, replacing earlier Teutonic. Germanical is attested from 1550s.


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