[shoo ts-shtah-fuh l]

noun German.

an elite military unit of the Nazi party that served as Hitler's bodyguard and as a special police force. Abbreviation: SS

Origin of Schutzstaffel

literally, defense echelon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for schutzstaffel


noun plural -feln (-fəln)

See SS
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Word Origin and History for schutzstaffel


internal security force of Nazi Germany, 1930, German, literally "defense squadron." Better known by its initials, S.S.

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