One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally (in the Ottoman Empire (especially among Greek-speakers)): an Albanian (now historical). Subsequently: specifically a member or descendant of an Albanian-speaking people inhabiting parts of Greece, descended from emigrants from Albania in the Middle Ages. Also occasionally: the Albanian dialect of this people; = Arvanitika.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The London Magazine. From (i) French Arvanite.
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