from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A historical region of southwest Germany that originally included parts of present-day France and Switzerland. It was divided into small principalities and fiefdoms after 1268, but its prosperous towns often banded together in defensive leagues, most notably the Swabian League of 1488 to 1534.
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- proper n. A historical region of Germany.
From Latin Suābia, earlier Suēbia, from the Suēbī, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *swēbaz. (Wiktionary)