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[ahlt-dawrf] /ˈɑltˌdɔrf/
a town in and the capital of Uri, in central Switzerland, near Lucerne: legendary home of William Tell.


[German oo-ree; English oo r-ee] /German ˈu ri; English ˈʊər i/
a canton in central Switzerland. 415 sq. mi. (1075 sq. km).
Capital: Altdorf. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When my business calls me to Altdorf I shall go and in all ways act as a free man, loyal to my country and afraid of no one.

  • The school was at last moved to Altdorf, and grew into the University there.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
  • He afterwards went to Jena, and subsequently to Altdorf, where he became doctor of laws.

  • At Altdorf he was offered a professorship of jurisprudence, which he refused.

  • We saw your name at Altdorf, and have been trying to come up with you ever since.'

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Before we left Altdorf the two Englishmen whom we had seen scorching over the Axenstrasse arrived.

    The Letters of her Mother to Elizabeth W. R. H. (William Rutherford Hayes) Trowbridge
  • Souvorof brushed the French out of his way until, on the 26th, he arrived at Altdorf with the loss of only 2,000 men.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • Travelers usually go to Altdorf by train now, but the Overall Boys chose to ride on top of the high coach.

    The Overall Boys in Switzerland Eulalie Osgood Grover
  • It was about the year 1576 that he became a professor of mathematics at Altdorf, where he died in the year 1616.

    Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol I Edward Luther Stevenson
  • The scanty clues of such works as have remained on record prove that he reached Altdorf.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
British Dictionary definitions for Altdorf


/German ˈaltdɔrf/
a town in central Switzerland, capital of Uri canton: setting of the William Tell legend. Pop: 8541 (2000)


/German ˈuːri/
one of the original three cantons of Switzerland, in the centre of the country: mainly German-speaking and Roman Catholic. Capital: Altdorf. Pop: 35 200 (2002 est). Area: 1075 sq km (415 sq miles)
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