Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to Helvetia or the Helvetii.
  • adj. Swiss.
  • n. One of the Helvetii.
  • n. A Swiss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. From the ancient country of Helvetia
  • adj. Swiss, from Switzerland
  • n. Someone from the ancient country of Helvetia
  • n. Swiss, someone from Switzerland

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as helvetic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to the ancient people called Helvetii.
  • Of or pertaining to Switzerland, called in Middle Latin and New Latin Helvetia, with reference to the ancient Helvetii; Swiss. See Helvetic.
  • n. One of the ancient Helvetii; hence, an inhabitant of Switzerland; a Swiss.

Etymologies

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

From Latin Helvētius, from Helvētiī, Helvetii.

Examples

  • The Confession styled "Helvetian" contents itself with denying the necessity of confession to a priest, but holds that the power granted by Christ to absolve is simply the power to preach to the people the Gospel of Jesus, and as a consequence the remission of sins: "Rite itaque et efficaciter ministri absolvunt dum evangelium Christi et in hoc remissionem peccatorum prædicant."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • But he ended by intimating, that, on account of certain cogent and weighty reasons, which should be satisfactorily explained at more leisure, the free city of Bale could not, this evening, receive within its walls the highly respected deputies, who were travelling at the command of the Helvetian Diet, to the court of the

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Haughty, proud, and uncompromising, though neither destitute of honor nor generosity, he despised and hated what he termed the paltry associations of herdsmen and shepherds, united with a few towns which subsisted chiefly by commerce; and instead of courting the Helvetian

    Anne of Geierstein

  • I wot well, we can have nothing of the Helvetian swine save their beastly bristles — it is lucky they bring these two island sheep along with them.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • There were many professions of the most profound and fraternal regard for the cities of the Helvetian League, with whom the orator of Bale declared his own State to be united in friendship and interests.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • The Duke, if left to himself, would have precipitated the struggle by again assembling his forces, and pushing forward into the Helvetian territories; but though he inwardly foamed at the recollection of Granson and Murten, the memory of these disasters was too recent to permit such a plan of the campaign.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Most of this sediment cover slipped to the north during the formation of the Alps, leaving the Helvetian nappe exposed.

    Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn, Switzerland

  • I would argue that the alignment of a brand and the character of the people behind it — whether an owner like Philippe Stern, who embodies the Helvetian values of tradition, precision, reliability and vision expressed by his Patek Philippe watches, or an artistic type schooled in fine wine and cigars like Helleu — is what makes a good brand great.

    Characters Make The Brand

  • Greek is turned Turk: we are only to be saved by the Helvetian translation. 97

    The Duchess of Malfi

  • No; I dream of something far beyond that pale-faced, excitable little Helvetian (by-the-by she has infinitely more of the nervous, mobile Parisienne in her than of the the robust ‘jungfrau’).

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

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