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Alsatian

[al-sey-shuh n]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants.
  2. of or relating to Alsatia.
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noun
  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

Alsatian

noun
  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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adjective
  1. of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants
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