From Middle High German mittel, from Old High German mittil (akin to Old Saxon middil), from Proto-Germanic *midlą, *midilą, *medalą (“middle”), *midil-. Compare Dutch middel, English middle. See also Mitte.
Mittel n (genitive Mittels, plural Mittel)
- agent, appliance
- medicament, remedy
- (only plural) funds, capital
- (uncountable, printing, dated) The middle of the 7 traditional sizes of German type, between Cicero and Tertia, standardized as 14 point and taken as roughly equivalent to "English" type.