from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of the central Caucasus. The area was annexed by Russia between 1801 and 1806 and is now split into North Ossetia, an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation, and South Ossetia, a region of Georgia.
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- proper n. An ethnolinguistic region located on both sides of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, largely inhabited by the Ossetians. Northern part of the region forms North Ossetia-Alania federal subject of Russia. The southern part is South Ossetia.
From Russian Осетия (Osétija), from Georgian ოსეთი (oset’i), from ოსი (osi) ‘Ossetian (person)’. (Wiktionary)