- Germanic or Proto-Germanic [jər man′ik]adj.[L Germanicus, of the Germans: orig. applied to a particular tribe, prob. Celtic]1. Now Rare German2. designating or of a group of N European peoples including the Germans, Scandinavians, Dutch, English, etc., or the peoples from whom they are descended3. designating or of the language group Germanicn.1. Obs. PROTO-GERMANIC2. a principal branch of the Indo-European family of languages, comprising the languages descended from Proto-Germanic: it is divided into three groups East Germanic (including Gothic), North Germanic (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, Old Norse, etc.), and West Germanic (English, Dutch, German, Yiddish, Frisian, etc.)
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.