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[sim-brahy, -bree, kim-] /ˈsɪm braɪ, -bri, ˈkɪm-/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a Germanic or Celtic people, supposed to have originated in Jutland, who invaded Gaul and northern Italy, and were destroyed by the Romans in 101 b.c.
Related forms
Cimbrian, adjective, noun
Cimbric, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Had the Cimbri come at once after their victory at Orange, Italy had been theirs.

  • The Cimbri dwell in the same region, on the shores of the ocean.

  • Not far from thence is another bay, Lagnus, which borders on the Cimbri.

  • But the power of Rome was not easily shaken, and the triumph of the Cimbri was but brief.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
  • The Ambrones were a tribe of the Helvetii, and more than once joined with the Cimbri.

  • The Cimbri divided from the rest and poured into Spain, which they ravaged.

    A Spring Walk in Provence Archibald Marshall
  • Such are the notices bearing upon the ethnography of the Cimbri.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • Justin speaks of embassies between Mithridates and the Cimbri.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • That the Cimbri were the Eastern members of the confederation seems certain.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • Gaul they knew well, and Germany sufficiently—yet no where did they find Cimbri.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for Cimbri


/ˈsɪmbriː; ˈkɪm-/
plural noun
a Germanic people from N Jutland who migrated southwards in the 2nd century bc: annihilated by Marius in the Po valley (101 bc)
Derived Forms
Cimbrian (ˈsɪmbrɪən) noun, adjective
Cimbric, adjective
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