- a confederation of Germanic tribes, first recorded in the 3rd century a.d., that settled in the area between the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, and made harassing attacks against the Roman Empire.
Origin of Alemanni
Examples from the Web for alamanni
The Franks recovered from their panic, the Alamanni turned to flight.Theodoric the Goth
And as soon as he had cried thus, the Alamanni turned and fled.A Source Book for Mediaeval History
Oliver J. Thatcher
Like most heathen people the Alamanni clothed their gods in their own flesh and blood.The Story of Switzerland
The Alamanni were defeated, and fled to the Mœotian marshes.Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3
Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
The Bavarian law, therefore, is later than that of the Alamanni.
- a West Germanic people who settled in the 4th century ad between the Rhine, the Main, and the Danube
Word Origin and History for alamanni
name of a Suebic tribe or confederation that settled in Alsace and part of Switzerland (and source of French Allemand "German, a German"), from Proto-Germanic *Alamanniz, probably meaning "all-man" and denoting a wide alliance of tribes, but perhaps meaning "foreign men" (cf. Allobroges, name of a Celtic tribe in what is now Savoy, in Latin literally "the aliens," in reference to their having driven out the original inhabitants), in which case the al- is cognate with the first element in Latin alius "the other" and English else.