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Walloon

[wo-loon]
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noun
  1. one of a people inhabiting chiefly the southern and southeastern parts of Belgium and adjacent regions in France.
  2. the French dialect spoken by the Walloons.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Walloons or their language.
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Origin of Walloon

< French Wallon, equivalent to wall- (≪ Germanic *walh- foreign; see walnut) + -on noun suffix
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Historical Examples

  • And that was why he replaced the Walloon and Flemish workmen by naturalized Germans!

    Two Daring Young Patriots

    W. P. Shervill

  • "In sight of a stone like that, no Walloon dare come," said the Saxon.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The reformation had entered the Netherlands by the Walloon gate.

  • This is the Walloon country, through which runs the Meuse, the river of romance.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson

  • Such was the Walloon country, as we saw it in our journeyings.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for walloon

Walloon

noun
  1. a member of a French-speaking people living chiefly in S Belgium and adjacent parts of FranceCompare Fleming 1
  2. the French dialect of Belgium
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Walloons or their dialect
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French Wallon, from Medieval Latin: foreigner, of Germanic origin; compare Old English wealh foreign, Welsh 1
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Word Origin and History for walloon

Walloon

1520s, from Middle French Wallon, literally "foreigner," of Germanic origin (cf. Old High German walh "foreigner"). The people are of Gaulish origin and speak a French dialect. The name is a form of the common appellation of Germanic peoples to Romanic-speaking neighbors. See Vlach; also cf. Welsh.

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