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[swis] /swɪs/
of, pertaining to, associated with, or characteristic of Switzerland or its inhabitants.
a native or inhabitant of Switzerland.
(sometimes lowercase) Swiss muslin.
Origin of Swiss
1505-15; < Middle French suisse < Middle High German Swīz
Related forms
non-Swiss, adjective, noun, plural non-Swiss.
pro-Swiss, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is said that fully to realise the horrors of this subject the enthusiastic Swiss supped on raw pork!

    English Painters Harry John Wilmot-Buxton
  • “You must be kind to Gros, herr,” said the old Swiss reproachfully.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • The Swiss quickly fell back, but some sixty of their men were cut down before the Austrians lost a single soldier.

  • "I told you so," muttered the County Court clerk to the Swiss baker.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • "That is a present from the honest Swiss in St Gall," answered a voice.

British Dictionary definitions for Swiss


of, relating to, or characteristic of Switzerland, its inhabitants, or their dialects of German, French, and Italian
a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Switzerland
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Word Origin and History for Swiss

1510s, from Middle French Suisse, from Middle High German Suizer, from Suiz "Switzerland" (see Switzerland and cf. Switzer, archaic word for "a Swiss," and German Schweiz). Swiss banks noted for anonymity and security by 1949. Swiss cheese is attested from 1822; as a type of something full of holes, from 1924.

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