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[viz-i-goth] /ˈvɪz ɪˌgɒθ/
a member of the westerly division of the Goths, which formed a monarchy about a.d. 418, maintaining it in southern France until 507 and in Spain until 711.
Compare Ostrogoth.
Origin of Visigoth
1605-15; < Late Latin Visigothī (plural) < Germanic, equivalent to *wisi- (cognate with west) + goth- goth
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Visigothic, adjective Unabridged
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a member of the western group of the Goths, who were driven into the Balkans in the late 4th century ad. Moving on, they sacked Rome (410) and established a kingdom in present-day Spain and S France that lasted until 711
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Visigothic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin Visigothī (pl), of Germanic origin, visi- perhaps meaning: west
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Word Origin and History for Visigoth

1640s, from Late Latin Visigothus (plural Visigothi), perhaps "West Goths" (cf. Old High German westan "from the west"), as opposed to Ostrogothi; but according to some authorities, Visi/Vesi appears to be a Latinized form of a tribal name.

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