Definitions

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.

Etymologies

From Latin Suābia, earlier Suēbia, from the Suēbī, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *swēbaz. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He belonged to the noble, though not wealthy, family of Mistelbach in Swabia, not to the Counts of Andechs.

    Catholic Bamberg: The Church of St. Getreu

  • I thought I was a decent tracker until I saw a real tracker, a German Jagermeister in Swabia.

    On Tracking and Losing Game

  • Alemannia (corresponding to what was later known as Swabia).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Most so-called “Pennyslvania Dutch” came from the mid-Rhine region, mostly the Palatinate, Swabia, Alsace (a Germanic region at the time, Louis XIV notwithstanding), and up the Rhine as far as Switzerland.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » But Isn’t It a Bit Hard to Predict With a 7-Year-Old?

  • Most so-called “Pennyslvania Dutch” came from the mid-Rhine region, mostly the Palatinate, Swabia, Alsace a Germanic region at the time, Louis XIV notwithstanding, and up the Rhine as far as Switzerland.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » But Isn’t It a Bit Hard to Predict With a 7-Year-Old?

  • He had come to this country from Germany in 1912 at the age of 22 after working as an apprentice for Mercedes-Benz, and he always spoke English with the broad accents of his native Swabia.

    The Man Who Saved The Cadillac

  • Einstein was descended, on both parents' sides, from Jewish tradesmen and peddlers who had, for at least two centuries, made modest livings in the rural villages of Swabia in southwestern Germany.

    Time - Einstein & Faith

  • The billionaire businessman lived in Swabia, a region of Germany with a reputation for "frugality, where you turn every penny twice," and that's how Mr. Merckle was viewed by many investors, the banker added.

    His Empire in Tatters,

  • Lombardy, and elsewhere, he at various times spoke of the Holy Tribunal in terms of hatred and contempt, and declared that were he Duke of Burgundy, he would not permit it to extend itself from Westphalia, or Swabia, into his dominions.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Hence, it naturally happened, that the passage from Alsace into Swabia being the most easy, the ferry was more used by those who were desirous of entering Germany, than by travellers who came in an opposite direction.

    Anne of Geierstein

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