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[os-truh-goth] /ˈɒs trəˌgɒθ/
a member of the easterly division of the Goths, maintaining a monarchy in Italy, a.d. 493–555.
Compare Visigoth.
Origin of Ostrogoth
1640-50; < Late Latin Ostrogothī, Austrogotī (plural) < Germanic, equivalent to *austro- eastwards (Old Norse austr, Old Saxon, Old High German ōstar, Middle Dutch ooster, Old English ēast(er)ra; cf. east) + Goth
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Ostrogothic, Ostrogothian, adjective Unabridged
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a member of the eastern group of the Goths, who formed a kingdom in Italy from 493 to 552
Derived Forms
Ostrogothic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin Ostrogothī, from ostro- east, eastward + Goth
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Word Origin and History for Ostrogoth

c.1600, one of the "East Goths," who conquered Italy late 5c. and established, under Theodric, a kingdom there that lasted from 493 to 555 C.E., from Late Latin Ostrogothæ, from Germanic, literally "eastern Goths" from Proto-Germanic *aust(a)r- "east" (see east; for second element, see Goth; also cf. Visigoth), but according to Klein this is a folk corruption of an earlier Austrogoti, from a Germanic compound, the first element of which means "shining" or "splendid," from Proto-Germanic *austr-, from PIE *ausr- (see aurora), which is also, via "sunrise," the root of the Latin word for "east."

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