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From Germānī + -ia. Germani was an exonym applied by the Romans to a tribe (or nearby tribes) living around and east of the Rhine; it was first attested in the 1st century b.c. works of Julius Caesar and is of uncertain etymology. It was said by Strabo to derive from germānus ("close kin; genuine"), making it cognate with "germane" and "german", but this seems unsupported. Attempts to derive it from Germanic or Celtic roots are all problematic.
- Germany in its various senses, including:
- (classical) The lands of the Germani, tribes living around the Rhine River in the 1st century b.c.
- (medieval) The lands of the Germans, sometimes inclusive of conquered areas in France, England, and Eastern Europe.
- (modern) Germany, various Central European nation-states including the Holy Roman Empire, the German Empire, and the Federal Republic of Germany.
First declension with locative.
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "German, adj. and n". Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2012.
This Romanian entry was created from the translations listed at Germany. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see Germania in the Romanian Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) November 2008