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From Old Galician-Portuguese aleiman, from Latin Alamannus, from Proto-Germanic *Alamann-. Doublet of alamano.


  • Hyphenation: a‧le‧mão


alemão (feminine alemã, masculine plural alemães, feminine plural alemãs, not comparable)

  1. German (of or relating to Germany)
  2. Germanic (of, belonging or relating to the German language)
  3. Germanic (relating or belonging the Germanic ethnicity)
    Synonyms: germano, germânico
  4. (Brazil, slang) blond and fair-skinned

Usage notes[edit]

  • (person of German ancestry): in Brazil, this typically includes descendants of Germanic immigrants from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • alemoa is an informal feminine used by some speakers in Brazil

Derived terms[edit]


alemão m (plural alemães, feminine alemã, feminine plural alemãs)

  1. German (person from Germany)
  2. German (person of German ancestry)
  3. (Brazil, slang) a person with blond hair and fair skin
    Synonyms: (Northeast Brazil, Florianópolis, slang) galego, (Paraná, slang) polaco
  4. (Brazil, chiefly criminal slang) cop (police officer)
    Synonym: (slang) coxinha

Proper noun[edit]

alemão m

  1. German (Germanic language spoken mostly in Central Europe)
  2. (South Brazil) Hunsrik

Related terms[edit]