[ree-shuh n, -shee-uh n]

noun, adjective


or Rhe·tian

[ree-shuh n, -shee-uh n]


of or relating to Rhaetia.


Origin of Rhaetian

First recorded in 1610–20; Rhaeti(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for rhetian

Historical Examples of rhetian

  • Three languages are spoken in Switzerland, without including the Rhetian, or any of the numerous patois.

    A Residence in France

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Napoleon, on the contrary, in speaking of the Rhetian Alps, said that "an army could pass wherever a man could put his foot."

    The Art of War

    Baron Henri de Jomini

British Dictionary definitions for rhetian



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


denoting or relating to this group of languages
of or relating to Rhaetia
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Word Origin and History for rhetian



c.1600, from Latin Rhætia, ancient name of a district in the Alps and of a Roman province between the Rhine, Danube, and Po; from Rhaeti, Raiti, name of a native people. Hence Rhaeto-Romanic (1867), Rhaeto-Romance, language of the Tyrol and southern Switzerland.

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