Definition of Germanic language
1. Noun. A branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic.
Generic synonyms: Indo-european, Indo-european Language, Indo-hittite
Specialized synonyms: West Germanic, West Germanic Language, Proto-norse, Old Norse, Nordic, Norse, North Germanic, North Germanic Language, Scandinavian, Scandinavian Language, East Germanic, East Germanic Language
Derivative terms: Germanic
Lexicographical Neighbors of Germanic Language
Literary usage of Germanic language
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"... bad ; which exists in that language as well as in our own. cognate Indo-Germanic language we find a regular and more congenial positive still existing, ..."
2. The German Language: Outlines of Its Development by Tobias Johann Casjen Diekhoff (1914)
"Chief Characteristics of the Germanic language. Before entering upon a discussion of the development of German sounds let us cast a glance at the chief ..."
3. A Short Manual of Comparative Philology for Classical Students by Peter Giles (1901)
"... English had no original connexion, and that such traces of inflexion as appear in English must have been borrowed from some Indo-Germanic language with ..."
4. The Practical Study of Languages: A Guide for Teachers and Learners by Henry Sweet (1906)
"Thus, if he is comparing a Germanic with a Slavonic language, he will expect on the whole greater divergence between them than between the Germanic language ..."
5. Writing and Speaking: A Text-book of Rhetoric by Charles Sears Baldwin (1909)
"England, then, developed a Germanic language into English; France developed a Latin language into French. What happened when the one was conquered by the ..."