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Rhetian

[ree-shuh n, -shee-uh n] /ˈri ʃən, -ʃi ən/
noun, adjective
1.

Rhaetian

or Rhetian

[ree-shuh n, -shee-uh n] /ˈri ʃən, -ʃi ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Rhaetia.
3.
noun
4.
Origin of Rhaetian
1610-1620
1610-20; Rhaeti(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for Rhetian
Historical Examples
  • Three languages are spoken in Switzerland, without including the Rhetian, or any of the numerous patois.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Napoleon, on the contrary, in speaking of the Rhetian Alps, said that "an army could pass wherever a man could put his foot."

    The Art of War Baron Henri de Jomini
British Dictionary definitions for Rhetian

Rhaetian

/ˈriːʃən/
noun
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
adjective
2.
denoting or relating to this group of languages
3.
of or relating to Rhaetia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Rhetian

Rhaetian

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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