Helvetian

[hel-vee-shuh n]
noun
  1. one of the Helvetii.
  2. a Swiss.

Origin of Helvetian

First recorded in 1550–60; Helveti(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for helvetian

Helvetian

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

Helvetian

adj.

"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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