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[al-sey-shuh] /ælˈseɪ ʃə/
name formerly given to the Whitefriars district in London, England, which was a sanctuary for debtors and lawbreakers.
ancient name of Alsace. Unabridged
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  • The Lumber Yard is a sort of Alsatia, to which the hunted prisoner retires.

  • The monument is represented in Schoepflin, Alsatia Illustrata, 1751, vol.

    Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein
  • The name of Alsatia had been long forgotten, but the asylum still remained.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
  • There were other places equally secure for rogues, besides Alsatia.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
  • Nigel strikes Dalgarno with his sword, and is obliged to seek refuge in "Alsatia."

  • In France, Alsatia is chosen as a residence by nearly all those that visit that country.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The Alsatia we affected was named in compliment to an English flag-ship—Collingwood row!

    Los Gringos H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
  • A man of genius might possibly have managed the inhabitants of his Alsatia.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • But the purlieus of the neighbourhood continue, unhappily, to be the Alsatia of the town.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • Ye have been at the ordinaries, and in Alsatia, and learned the ruffian's rant, I doubt not.

    The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for Alsatia


the ancient name for Alsace
an area around Whitefriars, London, in the 17th century, which was a sanctuary for criminals and debtors
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