One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or belonging to Rumelia, a region in the Balkan peninsula formerly ruled by the Ottoman Empire.
A native or inhabitant of Rumelia; = Rumeliot.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Tindal (1687–1774), historical writer and translator. From Rumelia, the name of a region in the Balkan peninsula (from Ottoman Turkish Rūmili, Rūmeli (Turkish Rumeli), lit. ‘province of the Greeks’ from rūm inhabitant of the Byzantine Empire, Greek + il province + -i, suffix marking the last element of a compound; goes to medieval Greek Ῥούμελη (modern Greek Ρούμελη)) + -an. Compare French roumélien, noun.
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