or Rhe·tian

[ ree-shuhn, -shee-uhn ]

  1. of or relating to Rhaetia.

Origin of Rhaetian

First recorded in 1610–20; Rhaeti(a) + -an

Words Nearby Rhaetian

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How to use Rhaetian in a sentence

  • The Rhaetian usurper, after receiving a total defeat and a dangerous wound, retired into Milan.

  • Some one was striking the preliminary chords of a volkslied on his favorite instrument, a Rhaetian variation of the zither.

    The Princess Virginia | C. N. Williamson
  • In three hours, he learnt, it would reach Felgarde, the last station on the Rhaetian side of the frontier.

    The Princess Virginia | C. N. Williamson
  • And then, as she was English, it was as pleasing as it was remarkable that she could speak Rhaetian so prettily.

    The Princess Virginia | C. N. Williamson
  • I've great faith in the chivalry of Rhaetian men, whose Emperor—though he thinks meanly of women—sets so good an example.

    The Adventure of Princess Sylvia | Mrs. C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for Rhaetian


/ (ˈriːʃən) /

  1. Also called: Rhaeto-Romanic (ˈriːtəʊrəʊˈmænɪk) a group of Romance languages or dialects spoken in certain valleys of the Alps, including Romansch, Ladin, and Friulian

  1. denoting or relating to this group of languages

  2. of or relating to Rhaetia

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