from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A political union, especially the one unifying Nazi Germany and Austria in 1938.
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- n. The annexation of Austria into Germany in 1938.
German, annexation, from anschliessen, to enclose, annex : an, on (from Middle High German ane, from Old High German ana; see an- in Indo-European roots) + schliessen, to close (from Middle High German sliezen, from Old High German sliozan).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Anschluss ("annexation") (formerly Anschluß), from anschließen ("to join, unite") (Wiktionary)