deutsch

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German[edit]

The inscription dem deutschen Volke ("to the German people") on the Reichstag.

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German diutisch, diutsch, tiutsch, from Old High German diutisk (popular, vernacular), from Proto-West Germanic *þiudisk, from Proto-Germanic *þiudiskaz (of the people, popular), an adjective from Proto-Germanic *þeudō (“people”, whence Old English þeod, Icelandic þjóð), from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂.

Cognate with Dutch Duits and Diets, Low German düütsch, English Dutch, Danish tysk. The spelling teutsch was reinforced (if not triggered) by Latin theodiscus and teutonicus. It was predominant in Early Modern German, but died out in the 19th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɔʏ̯t͡ʃ/
  • (file)
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

deutsch (strong nominative masculine singular deutscher, comparative deutscher, superlative am deutschesten)

  1. (relational) German (of or pertaining to the German people)
    Meine Mutter ist deutscher Herkunft, aber mein Vater ist Schwede.
    My mother is of German origin, but my father is a Swede.
  2. (relational) German (of or pertaining to Germany)
    der deutsche Außenministerdas deutsche Patentamt
    the German foreign ministerthe German patent office
  3. (relational) German (of or pertaining to the German language)
    einige deutsche Wörter
    a few German words

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Descendants[edit]

  • Chinese: 德意志
  • Japanese: ドイツ (Doitsu)
    Korean: 독일 (Dogil)
  • Lojban: dotco

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