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From vāci(Germans) +‎ -ietis. Cognates include Lithuanian vókietis.


vācietis m (2nd declension, feminine form: vāciete)

  1. a (male) German, a man from Germany
    delegācijā iekļauti divi vācieši‎ ― in the delegation were included two Germans
    Baltijas vācieši‎ ― Baltic Germans
  2. (genitive plural; rare, usually vācu): German, pertaining to Germans or Germany and its people
    latviešu un vāciešu kopīgā pagātne‎ ― Latvian and German shared past
    vāciešu nacionālā virtuve‎ ― German national cuisine


Usage notes[edit]

Vāciešis is the preferred term for “Germans”; vāci is possible but much less frequent. In the genitive, when used adjectivally, however, vācu is the preferred form. In particular, only vācu valoda(German language) is possible.


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