Alemanni

Alemanni

[al-uh-man-ahy]
noun (used with a plural verb)
a confederation of Germanic tribes, first recorded in the 3rd century a.d., that settled in the area between the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, and made harassing attacks against the Roman Empire.
Also, Alamanni.


Origin:
< Latin, of Germanic orig.; cognate with Gothic alamans totality of humankind, equivalent to ala- all (see almighty) + mann- man1

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Alemanni (ˌæləˈmɑːnɪ)
 
n
a West Germanic people who settled in the 4th century ad between the Rhine, the Main, and the Danube
 
[C18: from Latin, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic alamans a totality of people]

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Alemanni
name of a Suebic tribe or confederation that settled in Alsace and part of Switzerland (and source of the Fr. Allemand "German"), from P.Gmc. *Alamanniz, probably meaning "all-man" and denoting a wide alliance of tribes, but perhaps meaning "foreign men" (cf. Allobroges, name of a Celtic tribe in what
is now Savoy, in L. lit. "the aliens," in reference to their having driven out the original inhabitants), in which case the al- is cognate with the first element in L. alius "the other" and English else.
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alemanni

a Germanic people first mentioned in connection with the Roman attack on them in AD 213. In the following decades, their pressure on the Roman provinces became severe; they occupied the Agri Decumates c. 260, and late in the 5th century they expanded into Alsace and northern Switzerland, establishing the German language in those regions. In 496 they were conquered by Clovis and incorporated into his Frankish dominions.

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