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1. An attitude, custom, or feature that seems characteristically German.
2. A linguistic feature of German, especially a German idiom or phrasing that appears in a language other than German.
3. Esteem for Germany and emulation of German ways.


1. (Linguistics) a word or idiom borrowed from or modelled on German
2. a German custom, trait, practice, etc
3. attachment to or high regard for German customs, institutions, etc


(ˈdʒɜr məˌnɪz əm)

1. a German usage, idiom, etc., occurring in another language.
2. a custom, manner, mode of thought, etc., characteristic of the German people.
3. extreme partiality for or attachment to Germany or German culture.


a feature of the German language that is present in another language.
See also: Germany
a German loanword in English, as gemütlich. Also called Teutonism, Teutonicism.
See also: Language
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Noun1.Germanism - a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
custom, usage, usance - accepted or habitual practice
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