visigothic

Visigoth

[viz-i-goth]
noun
a member of the westerly division of the Goths, which formed a monarchy about a.d. 418, maintaining it in southern France until 507 and in Spain until 711.
Compare Ostrogoth.


Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin Visigothī (plural) < Germanic, equivalent to *wisi- (cognate with west) + goth- goth

Visigothic, adjective
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Visigoth (ˈvɪzɪˌɡɒθ)
 
n
a member of the western group of the Goths, who were driven into the Balkans in the late 4th century ad. Moving on, they sacked Rome (410) and established a kingdom in present-day Spain and S France that lasted until 711
 
[C17: from Late Latin Visigothī (pl), of Germanic origin, visi- perhaps meaning: west]
 
Visi'gothic
 
adj

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Visigoth
1647, from L.L. Visigothus (pl. Visigothi), perhaps "West Goths" (cf. O.H.G. westan "from the west"), as opposed to Ostrogothi, but according to some authorities, Visi/Vesi appears to be a Latinized form of a tribal name.
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