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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region and former duchy of southern Germany. Conquered by the Romans in 15 B.C., the region became one of the five preeminent duchies of medieval Germany but was later overrun and ruled by numerous factions and powers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A historical region in Middle Europe.
  • proper n. The kingdom of Bavaria.
  • proper n. One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation, which includes the historical Bavaria and parts of Swabia and Franconia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A state in southern Germany.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state in southern Germany famous for its beer; site of an automobile factory

Etymologies

Medieval Latin, from Baioarii 'Bavarians', from Late Latin Bojuvarii, literally, 'Boii settlers', compound of Gaulish Boii 'the Boii tribe' and Proto-Germanic *warjaz 'settler' (cf. Old Norse verjar 'defender, settler'), from Proto Indo-European (cf. Welsh gwerin 'crowd', Sanskrit vṛndám 'group, troop, crowd'). This name was adopted by the Marcomanni after defeating the Boii and settling Bohemia and parts of Bavaria. (Wiktionary)

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