Definition of Helvetii in US English:


plural noun

  • An ancient Celtic people living in what is now western Switzerland.

    • ‘One such marriage between a Roman and a young woman of the Helvetii was the beginning of the Jaquiery family.’
    • ‘In the end, the Helvetii were totally routed, and compelled to submit to the domination of Rome.’
    • ‘The Helvetii, compelled by the want of every thing, sent ambassadors to him about a surrender.’
    • ‘He claimed he had to carry out a pre-emptive strike against the Helvetii in the interests of homeland security.’
    • ‘Caesar ordered the Helvetii and their allies to return to their territories.’