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

  • n. A member of a nomadic pastoralist people who invaded Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. and were defeated in 455.
  • n. A barbarous or destructive person.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a German, especially a German soldier in World War I.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a nomadic tribe, the Huns, most likely of Turkic origin, which invaded Europe in the fourth century from Central Asia.
  • n. a vandal, a barbarian, an uncivilized destructive person
  • n. A German (popular in the media since World War I)
  • n. A Protestant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a warlike nomadic people of Northern Asia who, in the 5th century, under Atilla, invaded and conquered a great part of Europe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of an ancient Asiatic race of warlike nomads, probably of the Mongolian or Tatar stock, first appearing prominently in European history about a. d. 375.
  • n. A Hungarian.
  • n. An abbreviation of Hungary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. offensive term for a person of German descent
  • n. a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th century


From Late Latin Hunnī, the Huns, from Turki Hunyü.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin Hunnus, apparently ultimately from Turkic Hun-yü, the name of a tribe (they were known in China as (Hsiungnu)). (Wiktionary)



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