[ ahn-shloo s ]
/ ˈɑn ʃlʊs /


union, especially the political union of Austria with Germany in 1938.

Origin of Anschluss

1920–25; < German: consolidation, joining together, equivalent to an- on, to + Schluss a closing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anschluss


/ (ˈænʃlʊs) /


a political or economic union, esp the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany (1938)

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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