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plural noun
  1. the ancient Celtic inhabitants of Helvetia in the time of Julius Caesar.
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Origin of Helvetii

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1890–95
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Historical Examples of helvetii

  • The remotest town of the Allobroges, on the side of the Helvetii, was Geneva.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV

    Aubrey Stewart

  • The Ambrones were a tribe of the Helvetii, and more than once joined with the Cimbri.

  • These were the Helvetii, whose emigration is mentioned in Cæs.

  • Cæsar mustered his soldiers and marched against the Helvetii, meeting them at a place called Bibracte.

  • His integrity had been seen throughout his whole life, his good fortune in the war with the Helvetii.

British Dictionary definitions for helvetii


pl n
  1. a Celtic tribe from SW Germany who settled in Helvetia from about 200 bc
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