List of 35 English Words That Originated From German


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Seeking examples of words that entered English from a certain language? See this list of such terms. In this collection of terms you'll find English words that originated from German.
Word Origin
strudel Strudel
autobahn Auto + Bahn
Bauhaus Bauhaus
bildungsroman Bildung ("education") + Roman ("novel")
blitz Blitzkrieg
carabiner Karabinerhaken
dachshund Dachs ("badger") + Hund ("dog")
delicatessen Delikatessen
doppelgänger Doppelgänger
edelweiss Edelweiß
feldspar Feldspat
fest Fest
gedankenexperiment Gedankenexperiment
gesundheit gesund ("healthy") + -heit ("-hood")
Götterdämmerung Götterdämmerung
kaput kaputt
katzenjammer Katze ("cat") + Jammer ("distress")
kindergarten Kinder ("children") + Garten ("garden")
kuchen Kuchen
lederhosen Lederhose
leitmotif Leitmotiv
liverwurst Leberwurst
Neanderthal Neanderthal
noodle Nudel
panzer Panzer
poltergeist poltern ("to knock") + Geist ("ghost")
sauerkraut sauer ("sour") + Kraut ("greens")
schadenfreude Schaden ("damage") + Freude ("joy")
waltz Walzer
wanderlust wandern ("to wander") + Lust ("desire")
Weltanschauung Welt ("world") + Anschauung ("view")
wunderkind Wunder ("wonder") + Kind ("child")
zeitgeist Zeit ("time") +‎ Geist ("spirit")
zeppelin Zeppelin
zugzwang Zug ("move") + Zwang ("compulsion")