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[ahn-shloo s]
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  1. union, especially the political union of Austria with Germany in 1938.
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Origin of Anschluss

1920–25; < German: consolidation, joining together, equivalent to an- on, to + Schluss a closing
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Related Words for anschluss

alliance, affiliation, conspiracy, ring, compact, amalgamation, union, integration, combine, bloc, confederacy, federation, combination, faction, consolidation, fusion, unification, party, conjunction, league

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  1. a political or economic union, esp the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany (1938)
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Word Origin for Anschluss

German: from anschliessen to join
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Word Origin and History for anschluss


1924, from German Anschluß, "connection; addition; junction," literally "joining, union," from anschließen "to join, annex," from an "at, to, toward" + schließen "to shut, close, lock, bolt; contract" (a marriage); see slot (n.2). Specifically the proposal to unite Germany and Austria, accomplished in 1938.

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