American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Alsace or to its inhabitants or culture.
- n. A native or inhabitant of Alsace.
- n. Chiefly British A German shepherd.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the province of Alsace, taken from Germany by France in 1648, in greater part ceded to the new German empire in 1871, and now incorporated in the imperial territory of Elsass-Lothringen.
- Of or pertaining to Alsatia, formerly a cant name (from Alsace being a debatable ground or scene of frequent contests) for Whitefriars, a district in London between the Thames and Fleet street, and adjoining the Temple, which possessed certain privileges of sanctuary derived from the convent of the Carmelites, or White Friars, founded there in 1241. The locality became the resort of libertines and rascals of every description, whose abuses and outrages, and especially the riot in the reign of Charles II., led in 1697 to the abolition of the privilege and the dispersion of the Alsatians. The term Alsatia has in recent times been applied offensively to the English Stock Exchange, because of the supposed questionable character of some of its proceedings.
- n. A native or an inhabitant of Alsace in Germany.
- n. Formerly, an inhabitant of Alsatia or Whitefriars, a part of London; hence, a Bohemian (in the slang sense) or adventurer.
- adj. Of or relating to Alsace
- n. A person from Alsace
- n. Australia, New Zealand, UK, dated US English name for a breed of dog called German shepherd until the first World War, changed at that time due to anti-German sentiment.
- n. The language or dialect of Alsace
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to Alsatia.
- n. An inhabitant of Alsatia or Alsace in Germany, or of Alsatia or White Friars (a resort of debtors and criminals) in London.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Alsace or its inhabitants
- n. breed of large shepherd dogs used in police work and as a guide for the blind
- n. a native or inhabitant of Alsace
“Another wave of immigration of the nineteenth century that deserves mention is the so-called Alsatian one, notably after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 – 1871 and following the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine.”
“The name Alsatian was taken into consideration as recent as the Second World War when the Allied Forces chose to discard any word having a connection to the name Germany or German.”
“He still spoke English with what might be called Alsatian variationshe always spoke of the gun detail as the "gndtle," with the accent on the first syllableand he expressed a wish to be allowed "a holiday from the gondetle to go after dem gorrillas.”
“It became known that this young officer, while instructing his men, had insulted the French flag and had called the Alsatian recruits Wackes, a nick-name meaning”
“It became known that this young officer, while instructing his men, had insulted the French flag and had called the Alsatian recruits _Wackes_, a nick-name meaning "square-head," and frequently used by the people of Alsace-Lorraine in a jocular way, but hotly resented by them if used towards them by others.”
“He still spoke English with what might be called Alsatian variationshe always spoke of the gun detail as the "góndêtle," with the accent on the first syllableand he expressed a wish to be allowed "a holiday from the gondetle to go after dem gorrillas.”
“He still spoke English with what might be called Alsatian variations -- he always spoke of the gun detail as the "gondetle," with the accent on the first syllable -- and he expressed a wish to be allowed”
“Markets were created for a load of inventions through the clever use of inter-locking treaties that impelled Europe into many many wars over some geo-politically important carbon-based energy resources (also known as the Alsatian coal mines).”
“The flaws, to get them out of the way first, are too much use of commas where semi-colons or even full stops would have done, and a confusion about the spelling of "Alsatian".”
“Wirth was a kind of Alsatian Caleb or Gaspard, aged and serious, but with much of the cunning mingled with his simple nature.”
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