Origin of Rhaetian
Examples from the Web for 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
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.