- one of a people inhabiting chiefly the southern and southeastern parts of Belgium and adjacent regions in France.
- the French dialect spoken by the Walloons.
- of or relating to the Walloons or their language.
Origin of Walloon
< French Wallon, equivalent to wall- (≪ Germanic *walh- foreign; see walnut) + -on noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for walloon
And that was why he replaced the Walloon and Flemish workmen by naturalized Germans!Two Daring Young Patriots
W. P. Shervill
"In sight of a stone like that, no Walloon dare come," said the Saxon.Harold, Complete
The reformation had entered the Netherlands by the Walloon gate.History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete
John Lothrop Motley
This is the Walloon country, through which runs the Meuse, the river of romance.
Such was the Walloon country, as we saw it in our journeyings.
- a member of a French-speaking people living chiefly in S Belgium and adjacent parts of FranceCompare Fleming 1
- the French dialect of Belgium
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the Walloons or their dialect
C16: from Old French Wallon, from Medieval Latin: foreigner, of Germanic origin; compare Old English wealh foreign, Welsh 1
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Word Origin and History for walloon
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