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
C17: from Late Latin Visigothī (pl), of Germanic origin, visi- perhaps meaning: west
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.