- 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 alemanni
The Alemanni were treated as outcasts, whose very presence was pollution.The Magnificent Montez
Within a few years after his death, it was overthrown by the Alemanni.
Julian is successful against the Alemanni and Franks in Gaul.
Gaul is invaded by the Alemanni; they are repulsed by Gratian.
He leads the first attack of the Romans against the Alemanni.
- a West Germanic people who settled in the 4th century ad between the Rhine, the Main, and the Danube
Word Origin and History for alemanni
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.