- a member of an ancient Germanic people of uncertain origin, mentioned in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus.
- a member of a Germanic people that invaded France and Spain in the 5th century a.d.
- of or relating to the Suevians.
Origin of Suevian
1610–20; < Latin Suēb(ī), Suēv(ī) (of Germanic orig.; compare German Schwaben, Old English Swǣfe) + -ian
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Examples from the Web for suevian
The Suevian fell on his knees, gazing fixedly at the ground.Quintus Claudius, Volume 2 of 2
This portion of the Suevian territory stretches to the centre of Germany.
The third in that great march, the Suevian, founds his Spanish realm also and keeps it longer than either.The Chief Periods of European History
Edward A. Freeman
The Suevian bands, who were awaiting on the right bank the result of the struggle, plunged back again within their own territory.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
This part of the Suevian nation extends to the most remote recesses of Germany.