Anschluss

Anschluss

[ahn-shloos]
noun
union, especially the political union of Austria with Germany in 1938.

Origin:
1920–25; < German: consolidation, joining together, equivalent to an- on, to + Schluss a closing

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Anschluss (ˈænʃlʊs)
 
n
a political or economic union, esp the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany (1938)
 
[German: from anschliessen to join]

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anschluss
1924, from Ger., lit. "joining, union," from anschliessen "to join, annex," specifically the proposal to unite Germany and Austria, accomplished in 1938.
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