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From Middle High German Diutschlant, compound word formed from phrasings like diutsch lant n, diutsche lant n, in diutscheme lande n, ze diutischeme lande n, (in) diutschiu lant n pl. The adjective deutsch is from Middle High German diutsc, diutisch, diutsch, tiutsch, tiusch, from Old High German diutisc (of the people). More at Dutchland.


  • IPA(key): [ˈdɔʏ̯t͡ʃlant]
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  • Hyphenation: Deutsch‧land

Proper noun[edit]

Deutschland n (genitive Deutschlands)

  1. Germany (a country in Central Europe)
  2. short for a nation state, the legal person comprising the most part of territory with German dominating, or its territory
    1. short for Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation or short for heiliges römisches Reich deutscher Nation. [till 1806]
      Synonyms: Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation, heiliges römisches Reich deutscher Nation
    2. short for Deutsches Reich. [1871–1945, and later in historical reference]
      Synonyms: Deutsches Reich, Reich
    3. short for Bundesrepublik Deutschland. [from 1990]
      Synonyms: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, BRD

Usage notes[edit]

  • The article is used when Deutschland is used as a subject or object in a certain quality, e.g. referencing a certain point in time or period of time. (Germany behaves similarly in English: "we went to Germany" uses no article, "the Germany of our grandchildren will be different from the Germany of our grandparents" uses one.)
  • Plurals, when they occur, are Deutschland, Deutschländer or Deutschlande.


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See also[edit]

  • (country (translingual abbreviation)): D, DE, DEU, de

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