ancient German territorial and administrative division, originally comprising several villages, surviving in place names such as Breisgau and Oberammergau; also in gauleiter (from leiter "leader"), title of the local political leaders under the Nazi system. Cf. the first element in yeoman.
- gatun lake,
- gatún lake,
- gaucher's cell,
- gaucher's disease,
Examples from the Web for gau
Mr. Gau did not long survive her and was interred by her side in my father's old burial plot in Jamaica, Long Island.As I Remember|Marian Gouverneur
It was, as I have shewn, often expressed Gau, and Go; and made to signify any house.
Cors which occurs in Gau may be a similar case and like Eng.Scandinavian influence on Southern Lowland Scotch|George Tobias Flom
The Breisgau, originally a pagus or gau of the Frankish empire, was ruled during the middle ages by hereditary counts.
In this manner the ancient unity of the comitatus, or Gau, became likewise the basis of the new barbarian society.The Two First Centuries of Florentine History|Pasquale Villari