Teuton
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈt(j)u.tən/, /ˈt(j)u.tɑn/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈt(j)uː.tən/, /ˈt(j)uː.tɒn/
Noun

Teuton (plural Teutons)

  1. (historical) A member of an early Germanic tribe living in Jutland noted in historical writings by Greek and Roman authors.
    • 1864, Charles Kingsley, The Roman and the Teuton: A Series of Lectures Delivered Before the University of Cambridge, page 220 ↗:
      The difference between the Clergy and the Teuton conquerors was more than a difference of creed, or of civilization. It was an actual difference of race. They were Romans, to whom the Teuton was a savage, speaking a different tongue, obeying different laws, his whole theory of the universe different from the Roman.
  2. (historical) A member of the Teutonic Order.
  3. A member of any Germanic-language-speaking people, especially a German.
    • 1901, Edward Alsworth Ross, Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order, 2009, page 16 ↗:
      In the first place, a prolonged struggle in the North Temperate Zone, with a harsh, though not a depressing, natural environment, endows the Teuton with unusual energy and initiative. Then centuries of wanderings in which the strong set forth and the weak and timid stay behind, brings the Teuton to the west of Europe, to the British Isles, and to America, with a courage, enterprise, and self-assertion rare in the history of man. The Teuton becomes the Anglo-Saxon, and therewith less apt for the gregarious life.
    • 1915, G. K. Chesterton, The Crimes of England, 2008, unnumbered page ↗:
      Every Teuton must fall on his face before an inferior Teuton; until they all find, in the foul marshes towards the Baltic, the very lowest of all possible Teutons, and worship him--and find he is a Slav. So much for Pan-Germanism.
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