Reich

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From German Reich (empire, realm).

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Reich

  1. The territory of a German empire or nation, or its government.
    • 1762, A. F. Busching, A New System of Geography, volume 4, containing, Part of Germany, viz. Bohemia, Moravia, Lusatia, Austria, Burgundy, Westphalia, and the Circle of the Rhine, translated from German, page 4:
      The Empire is differently denominated as well by Germans themselves as by others. It is called the Reich, in Latin Regnum, by way of eminence, also the German Reich, in Latin Regnum Germanicum. The appellation of Germany, is seldom used now-a-days any where but in the title of the Emperor and Elector of Mentz.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old High German rīhhi (power, might, empire), from Proto-Germanic *rīkiją, itself either a substantivised *rīkijaz (rich, mighty) (whence also German reich (rich)), or a direct borrowing from a Celtic language; compare Middle Irish ríge (kingdom).[1]

Cognates include Old English rīċe (kingdom, empire) (obsolete English riche), Dutch rijk (empire, realm), West Frisian ryk, Danish rige (empire, realm), Swedish rike and Icelandic ríki.

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Reich n (genitive Reichs or Reiches, plural Reiche)

  1. empire or significant State
    • 1868, Wilhelm Hoffmann, Deutschland einst und jetzt im Lichte des Reiches Gottes
  2. realm (also e.g. of plants)

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Reich n

  1. the First Reich (the Holy Roman Empire)
    • 2006, Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Das Heilige Römische Reich Deutscher Nation, page 81:
      Der Prager Frieden hätte den Krieg im Reich beenden können, []
  2. the Second Reich (until 1918)
  3. the Third Reich (1933 to 1945)
    • 1969, Gerhard Eisenblätter, Grundlinien der Politik des Reiches gegenüber dem Generalgouvernement, 1939-1945
  4. A surname​.

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  1. ^ 2003, Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic etymology, Leiden & Boston: Brill, page pp. 305:

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