a member of the easterly division of the Goths, maintaining a monarchy in Italy, a.d. 493–555.
Compare Visigoth.

1640–50; < Late Latin Ostrogothī, Austrogotī (plural) < Germanic, equivalent to *austro- eastwards (Old Norse austr, Old Saxon, Old High German ōstar, Middle Dutch ooster, Old English ēast(er)ra; cf. east) + Goth

Ostrogothic, Ostrogothian, adjective
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Ostrogoth (ˈɒstrəˌɡɒθ)
a member of the eastern group of the Goths, who formed a kingdom in Italy from 493 to 552
[C17: from Late Latin Ostrogothī, from ostro- east, eastward + Goth]

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1605, the "East Goths," who conquered Italy late 5c. and established, under Theodric, a kingdom there that lasted from 493 to 555 C.E., from L.L. Ostrogothæ, lit. "eastern Goths" from P.Gmc. *aust(a)r- "east" (for second element, see Goth, also Visigoth), but according to some this is a folk corruption
of an earlier Austrogoti, from a Gmc. compound, the first element of which means "shining" or "splendid," from P.Gmc. *austr-, from PIE *ausr- (see aurora), which is also, via "sunrise," the root of the L. word for "east."
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