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See also: germanis


 Ģermāņi on Latvian Wikipedia

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Via other European languages, ultimately a borrowing from Latin Germānus, a term introduced by Julius Caesar from a Gaulish word for a group of tribes living in Northeastern Gaul (probably orignally the name of one of these tribes). The original meaning was probably “neighbor” (cf. Old Irish gairm (neighbor)), or perhaps “noisy” (cf. Old Irish garim (to shout)).[1]


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ģermānis m (2nd declension, feminine form: ģermāniete)

  1. (historical) (ancient) German; a member of one of the ancient Germanic peoples of primitive Germania
    es esmu ģermānis — I am an ancient German
    romieši ģermāņus pazina labi — the Romans knew the Germans (= Germanic people) well
    ģermāņi ap 1. gadsimtu dzīvoja plašās teritorijās starp Reinu un Vislu no rietumiem uz austrumiem — the Germanic peoples around the 1st century (CE) lived over a wide terriotry between the Rhine and the Vistula from west to east
  2. (genitive plural) Germanic; pertainig to ancient Germans, their languages, and their modern descendants
    ģermāņu valodas — the Germanic languages
    ģermāņu mitoloģijaGermanic mythology
    ģermāņu ciltisGermanic tribes


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  1. ^ Harper, Douglas. Online Etymological Dictionary.