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[hel-vee-shuh n]
  1. of or relating to Helvetia or the Helvetii.
  2. Swiss.
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  1. one of the Helvetii.
  2. a Swiss.
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Origin of Helvetian

First recorded in 1550–60; Helveti(a) + -an
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Historical Examples of helvetian

  • Probably, Slavonic on its eastern, Helvetian or Keltic on the western side.

    The Ethnology of Europe

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • The messenger has at length returned from the Helvetian Churches.

  • Helvetian lands had entirely lost their political independence.

  • This permission indicates the tender mercies of the common law, and reminds us of the Helvetian peasant-woman.

  • Large poles twisted with fir branches, stuck thickly around the lake, gave to the waters the becoming Helvetian gloom.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for helvetian


  1. of or relating to the Helvetii
  2. another word for Swiss
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  1. a native or citizen of Switzerland
  2. a member of the Helvetii
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Word Origin and History for helvetian



"Swiss," 1550s, from Helvetia terra, Medieval Latin name of Switzerland, from Latin Helvetius "pertaining to the Helvetii," a Celtic people of ancient Gallia Lugdunensis.

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