One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A) Of, relating to, or belonging to Rumelia, a region in the Balkan peninsula formerly ruled by the Ottoman Empire; = Rumelian (b) With reference to the Greek War of Independence: of, relating to, or belonging to that part of Greece corresponding to Aetolia-Acarnania.
(A) A native or inhabitant of Rumelia. (b) With reference to the Greek War of Independence: a person from that part of Greece corresponding to Aetolia-Acarnania.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in London Literary Gazette. From modern Greek Ῥουμελιώτης (now Ρουμελιώτης) native or inhabitant of Rumelia from Ῥούμελη Rumelia + -ώτης. Compare French roumeliote.
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