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  • IPA(key): [ˈmanʃaft]
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  • Hyphenation: Mann‧schaft

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German manschaft; analysable as Mann (man) +‎ -schaft (-hood, -ship). Compare English manship.


Mannschaft f (genitive Mannschaft, plural Mannschaften)

  1. crew members of a ship
  2. team (group of people)
    Wenn unsere Mannschaft so weiterspielt, werden wir bestimmt gewinnen!
    If our team keeps playing like this, we will definitely win!
  3. (now rare) group of soldiers belonging to one military unit
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Etymology 2[edit]

Partly from etymology 1 above, partly a reborrowing from other European languages including French la Mannschaft (the German national football team). While the national squad has always been referred to as die Mannschaft in German, this used to mean no more than “the team” in the same way that this word will be used referring to any other team. However, it has recently come to be used as a semi-official nickname of the national team.

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Mannschaft f (genitive Mannschaft)

  1. the national football team of Germany

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