1720, from Latin Teutōnes, Teutōnī (name of a Germanic or Celtic tribe that inhabited a coastal area in today Germany and devastated Gaul between 113-101 B.C., “the Teutons”). Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂ (“people”), from which comes Celtic *toutā, Old Irish: túath, Proto-Germanic *þeudanaz (“ruler, leader of the people”), Proto-Germanic *þeudō (“people”), Gothic 𐌸𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽𐍃 (þiudans, “king”), Old Norse þjóðann (“prince, king”), Old Saxon þiudan (“lord of the people, ruler”), Old English þēoden (“king, lord”), þēod (“nation, people, country, language”), Russian чужой (čužoj, “stranger”), чудно (čudno, “strange”), чудо (čudo, “miracle”), Dutch and Deutsch.
Teuton (plural Teutons)
- (historical) A member of an early Germanic tribe living in Jutland noted in historical writings by Greek and Roman authors.
- (historical) A member of the Teutonic Order.
- (derogatory) A German.