1. a native or inhabitant of Switzerland.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) Swiss muslin.
  3. Swiss cheese.

Origin of Swiss

1505–15; < Middle French suisse < Middle High German Swīz
Related formsnon-Swiss, adjective, noun, plural, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for swiss


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Switzerland, its inhabitants, or their dialects of German, French, and Italian
  1. a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Switzerland
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Word Origin and History for swiss


1510s, from Middle French Suisse, from Middle High German Suizer, from Suiz "Switzerland" (see Switzerland and cf. Switzer, archaic word for "a Swiss," and German Schweiz). Swiss banks noted for anonymity and security by 1949. Swiss cheese is attested from 1822; as a type of something full of holes, from 1924.

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