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  ( Germans    plural  )
1       adj   German means belonging or relating to Germany.  
      A German is a person who comes from Germany., n-count  
2       n-uncount   German is the language used in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland.  
I heard a very angry man talking in German.     

East German        ( East Germans    plural  ) East German is used to describe things that belonged or related to the former German Democratic Republic.      adj  
      East Germans were people from the German Democratic Republic., n-count  
German measles     
German measles is a disease which causes you to have a cough, a sore throat, and red spots on your skin.      n-uncount   (=rubella)  
West German        ( West Germans    plural  )
1       adj   West German means belonging or relating to the part of Germany that was known as the Federal Republic of Germany before the two parts of Germany were united in 1990. West German also means belonging or relating to the people or culture of this part of Germany.  
2       n-count   A West German is someone who was a citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany, or a person of West German origin.  
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Lesewut is a German word for "reading craze" (literally) used to describe a specific period in the intellectual history of Germany from the late eighteenth century onward.
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