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Rhetian

[ree-shuh n, -shee-uh n]
noun, adjective
  1. Rhaetian.
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Rhaetian

or Rhe·tian

[ree-shuh n, -shee-uh n]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Rhaetia.
  2. Rhaeto-Romanic.
  3. Raetic.
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noun
  1. Raetic.
  2. Rhaeto-Romanic.
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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

Rhaetian

noun
  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
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adjective
  1. denoting or relating to this group of languages
  2. of or relating to Rhaetia
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Word Origin and History for rhetian

Rhaetian

n.

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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