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  1. a member of the westerly division of the Goths, which formed a monarchy about a.d. 418, maintaining it in southern France until 507 and in Spain until 711.
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Compare Ostrogoth.

Origin of Visigoth

1605–15; < Late Latin Visigothī (plural) < Germanic, equivalent to *wisi- (cognate with west) + goth- goth
Related formsVis·i·goth·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples of visigoth

  • Theodoric, the Visigoth king, was killed on the battlefield.

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

  • Visigoth, poeticè for the Spanish ravagers of Mexico and Peru.

  • Adolphus lays the foundation of the Visigoth dominion in Spain.

  • Then the Visigoth went down and took every one with her—ships generally do that; the corpses don't cumber the sea for some time.

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

  • They might have run in an extra verse specifying sudden collapse—like the Visigoth's.

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for visigoth


  1. a member of the western group of the Goths, who were driven into the Balkans in the late 4th century ad . Moving on, they sacked Rome (410) and established a kingdom in present-day Spain and S France that lasted until 711
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Derived FormsVisigothic, adjective

Word Origin for Visigoth

C17: from Late Latin Visigothī (pl), of Germanic origin, visi- perhaps meaning: west
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Word Origin and History for visigoth


1640s, from Late Latin Visigothus (plural Visigothi), perhaps "West Goths" (cf. Old High German westan "from the west"), as opposed to Ostrogothi; but according to some authorities, Visi/Vesi appears to be a Latinized form of a tribal name.

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