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[al-sey-shuh n] /ælˈseɪ ʃən/
of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants.
of or relating to Alsatia.
a native or inhabitant of Alsace.
a resident or native of Alsatia.
Also called Alsatian dog. Chiefly British. German shepherd.
Origin of Alsatian
1685-95; < Medieval Latin Alsati(a) Alsace + -an
Related forms
pro-Alsatian, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Alsatian
Historical Examples
  • I left the station-master's office, and found the poor Alsatian waiting at the door.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Footnote 418: The party which had contended most vigorously for Alsatian autonomy.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
  • It is the new avatar of the "moral sense" carrying categorical insolence into the sphere of our one Alsatian sanctuary!

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • Jean herself had remarked the gaze of the Alsatian mountaineer.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The priest, a short, jolly Alsatian, met us with shining face quite unlike any other missionary I had ever seen.

  • His knock at the door was answered instantly by a young maid in Alsatian costume.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • He had not thought of the Alsatian in days, and yet they had been together in some memorable moments.

    The Hosts of the Air Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He was an Alsatian, but his English was perfectly easy to understand.

  • Did you notice that woman with an Alsatian bow in her bonnet, that made her look like a horse with its ears laid back?

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • He was a curious fellow, this guardian, an Alsatian immigrant, he informed me.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
British Dictionary definitions for Alsatian


Officially called German shepherd, German shepherd dog. a large wolflike breed of dog often used as a guard or guide dog and by the police
a native or inhabitant of Alsace
(in the 17th century) a criminal or debtor who took refuge in the Whitefriars area of London
of or relating to Alsace or its inhabitants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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