American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A country of west-central Europe. The region was conquered by Germanic tribes in the 5th century and by Swabia and Burgundy in the 9th, becoming part of the Holy Roman Empire in 1033. Protesting Hapsburg control in the 13th century, the Swiss formed a defense league made up of cantons that became the basis of their confederation, and by 1499 they had achieved independence. The Reformation in the 16th century led to religious civil wars that lasted through the next two centuries. The French took brief control of Switzerland during the French Revolution, but the confederacy was restored in 1815. Switzerland later adopted a federal constitution (1848) and maintained a policy of neutrality through both World Wars. Bern is the capital and Zurich the largest city. Population: 7,550,000.
- n. a landlocked federal republic in central Europe
- Compound of Switzer + land, adopted in the 16th century from Early Modern German Schwytzerland "land of the Swiss". (Wiktionary)
“Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 115 (Switzerland and Liechtenstein) (1999) @Switzerland: Transportation”
“In 1806 appeared Nicolas's _Guide to Switzerland_, in 1777 J.T. Volkmar's _Journey to the Riesengebirge_, and before long each little country and province, be it Weimar, Mecklenburg, or the Mark, had discovered a Switzerland within its own boundaries, with mountains as much like the Swiss Alps as a charming little girl is like a giant.”
“SWITZERLAND: Switzerland extended a ban on commercial flights at its airports until Monday at 1200 GMT.”
“SWITZERLAND: Commercial flights in and out of Switzerland banned until 1800 GMT Saturday.”
“German and Deutsch = language of germany austria switzerland, lichtenstein German is a language with 100 million speakers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and parts of Italy and Belgium.”
“By the way I heard this morning on a radio talk show that Switzerland is offering health inssurace companies to open offices in Switzerland in case health system is socialized.”
“And of course, health-care in Switzerland is superior in almost every way than in the U.K.”
“The thing about Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland is that, to see some of the reaction to it, I must be living in Bizarro world.”
“Break-ins and robbery, armed or otherwise, in Switzerland is almost non-existant.”
“Looking over Lake Walen in Switzerland is this house designed by k_m Architektur.”
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