or of a group of N European
peoples including the Germans, Scandinavians, Dutch, English, etc., or the peoples
from whom they are descended
designating or of the language group Germanic
: East Germanic, (including Gothic), North Germanic, (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, Old Norse, etc.), and West Germanic (English, Dutch, German, Yiddish, Frisian, etc.)
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Wortherkunft von 'Germanic'L Germanicus, of the Germans: orig. applied to a particular tribe, prob. Celtic