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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for gau

Historical Examples of gau

  • A few stones only serve to point out its site at Gau (right bank).

    The Overland Guide-book

    James Barber

  • Cors which occurs in Gau may be a similar case and like Eng.

  • 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

  • Soon afterwards, however, an attack upon his people devastated their country (pa- gum, gau).

  • He gives the same name to the district in which Nuremberg lies (apparently by confusion with the Gau of Sualafeld).