Origin of bund

1805–15; < Hindi band < Persian: dam, levee; akin to bind, bond1


[boo nd, buhnd; German boo nt]
noun, plural Bunds, German Bün·de [byn-duh] /ˈbün də/.
  1. a short form of “German-American Volksbund,” a pro-Nazi organization in the U.S. during the 1930s and 1940s.
  2. (often lowercase) an alliance or league, especially a political society.

Origin of Bund

< German: association, league
Related formsBund·ist, noun
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noun (in India and the Far East)
  1. an embankment; dyke
  2. an embanked road or quay

Word Origin for bund

C19: from Hindi band, from Persian; related to Sanskrit bandha band 1


noun plural Bunds or Bünde (German ˈbyndə)
  1. (sometimes not capital) a federation or league
  2. short for German American Bund, an organization of US Nazis and Nazi sympathizers in the 1930s and 1940s
  3. an organization of socialist Jewish workers in Russia founded in 1897
  4. the confederation of N German states, which existed from 1867–71

Word Origin for Bund

C19: German; related to band ², bind
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Word Origin and History for bund

"league, confederacy," 1850, from German Bund (related to English band (n.2) and bind (v.)). In names of various fraternal organizations, in U.S. especially the German-American Bund, pro-Nazi organization founded 1936.

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