a member of the easterly division of the Goths, maintaining a monarchy in Italy, a.d. 493–555.

Compare Visigoth.

Origin of Ostrogoth

1640–50; < Late Latin Ostrogothī, Austrogotī (plural) < Germanic, equivalent to *austro- eastwards (Old Norse austr, Old Saxon, Old High German ōstar, Middle Dutch ooster, Old English ēast(er)ra; cf. east) + Goth
Related formsOs·tro·goth·ic, Os·tro·goth·i·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of ostrogoth

  • But the Emperor had really nothing to offer worth the Ostrogoth's acceptance.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • They rose with Goth and Ostrogoth to free themselves from the heavy yoke.

    Rule of the Monk

    Giuseppe Garibaldi

  • He is identified, I believe, by universal consent, with Theodoric the Ostrogoth.

  • Ostrogoth and Frank, Saracen and Christian, fought one after another for possession of the mighty city.

    The Mediterranean

    T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths

  • A new hero came upon the scene in the person of Theodoric, the Ostrogoth.

British Dictionary definitions for ostrogoth



a member of the eastern group of the Goths, who formed a kingdom in Italy from 493 to 552
Derived FormsOstrogothic, adjective

Word Origin for Ostrogoth

C17: from Late Latin Ostrogothī, from ostro- east, eastward + Goth
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Word Origin and History for ostrogoth



c.1600, one of the "East Goths," who conquered Italy late 5c. and established, under Theodric, a kingdom there that lasted from 493 to 555 C.E., from Late Latin Ostrogothæ, from Germanic, literally "eastern Goths" from Proto-Germanic *aust(a)r- "east" (see east; for second element, see Goth; also cf. Visigoth), but according to Klein this is a folk corruption of an earlier Austrogoti, from a Germanic compound, the first element of which means "shining" or "splendid," from Proto-Germanic *austr-, from PIE *ausr- (see aurora), which is also, via "sunrise," the root of the Latin word for "east."

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