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[shoo ts-shtah-fuh l] /ˈʃʊtsˌʃtɑ fəl/
noun, German.
an elite military unit of the Nazi party that served as Hitler's bodyguard and as a special police force.
Abbreviation: SS.
Origin of Schutzstaffel
literally, defense echelon Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Schutzstaffel


noun (pl) -feln (-fəln)
See SS
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Word Origin and History for Schutzstaffel

internal security force of Nazi Germany, 1930, German, literally "defense squadron." Better known by its initials, S.S.

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