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 ģermāņi on Latvian Wikipedia


Via other European languages, ultimately a borrowing from Latin Germānus, a term introduced by Julius Caesar from a Gaulish word for a group of tribes living in Northeastern Gaul (probably orignally the name of one of these tribes). The original meaning was probably “neighbor” (cf. Old Irish gairm ‎(neighbor)), or perhaps “noisy” (cf. Old Irish garim ‎(to shout)).[1]


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ģermānis m (2nd declension, feminine form: ģermāniete)

  1. (historical) (ancient) German; a member of one of the ancient Germanic peoples of primitive Germania
    es esmu ģermānis‎ ― I am an ancient German
    romieši ģermāņus pazina labi‎ ― the Romans knew the Germans (= Germanic people) well
    ģermāņi ap 1. gadsimtu dzīvoja plašās teritorijās starp Reinu un Vislu no rietumiem uz austrumiem‎ ― the Germanic peoples around the 1st century (CE) lived over a wide terriotry between the Rhine and the Vistula from west to east
  2. (genitive plural) Germanic; pertainig to ancient Germans, their languages, and their modern descendants
    ģermāņu valodas‎ ― the Germanic languages
    ģermāņu mitoloģija‎ ― Germanic mythology
    ģermāņu ciltis‎ ― Germanic tribes


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  1. ^ Harper, Douglas. Online Etymological Dictionary. http://www.etymonline.com