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See also: almain


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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.

Cognates include Breton Alaman (Germany), French allemand (and hence Asturian alemán, Galician alemán, Spanish alemán), Catalan alemany, Portuguese alemão, and Welsh Almaen (Germany), as well as Northern Kurdish almanî and Persian آلمانی‎, Arabic أَلْمَانِيّ(ʾalmāniyy), Basque aleman, and Turkish Alman (a German).


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, page 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, poetic) 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.]

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