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From Anglo-Norman Allemaine, Almaine et al., Old French Alemaigne, from Late Latin Alamannia(territory of the Alamanni tribe), from Alemannī, Allemannī, of Germanic origin probably corresponding to all + men. Compare Alemannic.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (now historical) Germany. [from 13th c.]
    • c. 1541, The Chronicle of Calais, London 1846:
      The x. of Awgust Maximilian emperowr of Almayne came to kynge Henry of England besyde Terwen, and there the emperowre had wages of the kynge.
    • 1994, Marianne Constable, The Law of the Other, p. 162:
      The merchants who owned the goods claimed that the King of Almain was the lord of the town, and the Bishop could not do justice in the matter.


Almain ‎(plural Almains)

  1. (now archaic, literary) A German. [from 14th c.]
  2. A kind of dance. See allemande. [from 16th c.]


Almain ‎(comparative more Almain, superlative most Almain)

  1. (now archaic, historical) German. [from 15th c.]