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  1. a region and medieval duchy in SW Germany: it constituted the area presently included in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, in S Germany.
German Schwaben.
Related formsSwa·bi·an, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • My heaviest cavalry, the Swabian knights, will hit them first.

    The Saracen: The Holy War

    Robert Shea

  • The younger Swabian officers were looking at him with mingled horror and disgust.

  • "We are not in Outremer, thank God," said a Swabian with a long scar on his cheek.

  • There are works by Swabian artists which show this tendency as early as 1431.

  • Kerner was one of the most inspired poets of the Swabian school.

British Dictionary definitions for swabian


  1. of or relating to the German region of Swabia or its inhabitants
  1. a native or inhabitant of Swabia


  1. a region and former duchy (from the 10th century to 1313) of S Germany, now part of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria: part of West Germany until 1990German name: Schwaben (ˈʃvaːbən)
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Word Origin and History for swabian


1785, from Medieval Latin Suabia, from German Schwaben, from Old High German swaba, name of a Germanic tribe, related to Latin Suevus, "pertaining to the Suevi," a tribe in northeastern Germania.

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