- a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
Also called A·lans [uh-leynz, uh-lahnz] /əˈleɪnz, əˈlɑnz/.
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Examples from the Web for alani
His father was a Goth, and his mother of the nation of the Alani.
His father was a Goth, his mother of the nation of the Alani.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)
Herodotus mentions it as a custom of the Alani, and Tacitus of the old Germans.The Divining Rod
And so at other times in actis and Verba m'ri Alani de Auriga.The Boke of Noblesse
The women among the Alani gathered straight rods or wands, and used them in their superstition.The Mysteries of All Nations