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or Rhe·tian

[ree-shuh n, -shee-uh n]
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  1. of or relating to Rhaetia.
  2. Rhaeto-Romanic.
  3. Raetic.
  1. Raetic.
  2. Rhaeto-Romanic.

Origin of Rhaetian

First recorded in 1610–20; Rhaeti(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for rhaetian

Historical Examples

  • Of all wines, he gave the preference to the Rhaetian 229, but scarcely ever drank any in the day-time.

    The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete

    C. Suetonius Tranquillus

  • The Rhaetian woman and her son exchanged a glance which mirrored mystery.

  • The Rhaetian usurper, after receiving a total defeat and a dangerous wound, retired into Milan.

  • I've great faith in the chivalry of Rhaetian men, whose Emperor—though he thinks meanly of women—sets so good an example.

  • "Baedeker does not mention the existence of brigands at present in the Rhaetian Alps," retorted Sylvia, with quaint dryness.

British Dictionary definitions for rhaetian


  1. Also called: Rhaeto-Romanic (ˈriːtəʊrəʊˈmænɪk) a group of Romance languages or dialects spoken in certain valleys of the Alps, including Romansch, Ladin, and Friulian
  1. denoting or relating to this group of languages
  2. of or relating to Rhaetia
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Word Origin and History for rhaetian



c.1600, from Latin Rhætia, ancient name of a district in the Alps and of a Roman province between the Rhine, Danube, and Po; from Rhaeti, Raiti, name of a native people. Hence Rhaeto-Romanic (1867), Rhaeto-Romance, language of the Tyrol and southern Switzerland.

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