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.

Nearby words

  1. gatt,
  2. gatun,
  3. gatun lake,
  4. gatvol,
  5. gatún lake,
  6. gauche,
  7. gaucher's cell,
  8. gaucher's disease,
  9. gaucherie,
  10. gaucho

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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