[ al-sey-shuhn ]

  1. of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants.

  2. of or relating to Alsatia.

  1. a native or inhabitant of Alsace.

  2. a resident or native of Alsatia.

  1. Also called Alsatian dog .Chiefly British. German shepherd.

Origin of Alsatian

First recorded in 1685–95; from Medieval Latin Alsati(a) Alsace + -an

Other words from Alsatian

  • an·ti-Al·sa·tian, adjective, noun
  • pro-Al·sa·tian, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Alsatian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Alsatian in a sentence

  • There are two new two-star restaurants on the list — chef Hélène Darroze’s Marsan in Paris and Alsatian restaurant La Merise, run by Cédric Deckert — but it’s the one-star category that offers the most variety.

    Michelin Announces 2021 Stars for France | Monica Burton | January 20, 2021 | Eater
  • The hotel-keeper, a stout Alsatian, was a talkative person, and told Walter nearly all he wished to know.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • This comes of Alsatian frolics—God keep us with his grace, and not give us over to our own devices!

    The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
  • The orderly returned with Weber, the two coming from one of the narrow aisles, and John rose impulsively to meet the Alsatian.

    The Hosts of the Air | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The Alsatian shook hands with John and disappeared in the cut which led a long distance from the front.

    The Hosts of the Air | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He lifted the candle high above his head and looked around the lobby, but there was no sign of the Alsatian.

    The Hosts of the Air | Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for Alsatian


/ (ælˈseɪʃən) /

  1. Officially called: German shepherd, German shepherd dog a large wolflike breed of dog often used as a guard or guide dog and by the police

  2. a native or inhabitant of Alsace

  1. (in the 17th century) a criminal or debtor who took refuge in the Whitefriars area of London

  1. of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants

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