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1Of or relating to the Alemanni. historical.
2Designating any of the group of dialects of Old High German spoken by the Alemanni, any of their modern representatives, or either of these groups of dialects collectively; of, belonging to, or written in (any of) these dialects.
The group of dialects of Old High German spoken by the Alemanni. Also: the modern representatives of these spoken in Alsace, Switzerland, and southwest Germany.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Stillingfleet (1635–1699), bishop of Worcester and theologian. From post-classical Latin Alemannicus from Alemanni, plural noun + classical Latin -icus.
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