Walloon

Walloon

[wo-loon]
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.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Walloons or their language.

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

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Walloon (wɒˈluːn)
 
n
1.  Compare Fleming a member of a French-speaking people living chiefly in S Belgium and adjacent parts of France
2.  the French dialect of Belgium
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the Walloons or their dialect
 
[C16: from Old French Wallon, from Medieval Latin: foreigner, of Germanic origin; compare Old English wealh foreign, Welsh1]

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Walloon
1530, from M.Fr. Wallon, lit. "foreigner," of Gmc. origin (cf. O.H.G. walh "foreigner"). The people are of Gaulish origin and speak a Fr. dialect. The name is a form of the common appellation of Gmc. peoples to Romanic-speaking neighbors. See Vlach; also cf. Welsh.
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