Family words in German

Words for family members and other relatives in German, a West Germanic language spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein

Key to abbreviations: m = male, f = female

  Deutsch (German)
family die Familie
parents die Eltern
father der Vater; Vati; Pa
mother die Mutter; Mutti; Ma
children die Kinder
son der Sohn
daughter die Tochter
husband der Mann
wife die Frau
brother der Bruder
sister die Schwester
uncle der Onkel
aunt die Tante
cousin der Cousin (m); die Cousine (f)
nephew der Neffe
niece die Nichte
grandparents die Großeltern
grandfather der Großvater
grandmother die Großmutter
grandchildren die Enkelkinder
grandson der Enkel
granddaughter die Enkelin
father-in-law der Schwiegervater
mother-in-law die Schwiegermutter
brother-in-law der Schwager; Schwippschwager (spouse's sister's husband)
sister-in-law die Schwägerin; Schwippschwägerin (spouse's brother's wife)

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