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[al-sey-shuh n]
  1. of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants.
  2. of or relating to Alsatia.
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Alsace.
  2. a resident or native of Alsatia.
  3. Also called Alsatian dog. Chiefly British. German shepherd.
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Origin of Alsatian

1685–95; < Medieval Latin Alsati(a) Alsace + -an
Related formspro-Al·sa·tian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for alsatian

Historical Examples

  • I left the station-master's office, and found the poor Alsatian waiting at the door.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Jean herself had remarked the gaze of the Alsatian mountaineer.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • His knock at the door was answered instantly by a young maid in Alsatian costume.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • He was an Alsatian, but his English was perfectly easy to understand.

  • This wily old Alsatian will tell you of all the sacrifices he made for the dear lad.

    The Champdoce Mystery

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for alsatian


  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
  3. (in the 17th century) a criminal or debtor who took refuge in the Whitefriars area of London
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  1. of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants
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