Definition of Visigoth in US English:



  • A member of the branch of the Goths who invaded the Roman Empire between the 3rd and 5th centuries AD and ruled much of Spain until overthrown by the Moors in 711.

    • ‘After invasion and settlement by Goths, Visigoths, Turkmen, Arabs and others, it is almost impossible to see the Europeans and North Africans today as the direct heirs of those earlier people.’
    • ‘The Vandals and Visigoths were allowed to live in the Roman Empire as long as they gave a promise to protect the empire from the Huns.’
    • ‘In short, in the course of one evening, Busbecq was able to learn enough about Crimean Gothic to convince future linguists that its speakers were not Germans but a distinct group of Goths related to the Visigoths.’
    • ‘The overthrow of the Visigoths by the Moors in 711 did not mean the end of viticulture, for the Islamic conquerors were enlightened rulers, who did not impose their own way of life on their subjects.’
    • ‘These mud flats provided a haven for the people who fled here, such as Huns, Visigoths and other marauders in the fifth century.’


From late Latin Visigothus, the first element possibly meaning ‘west’ (compare with Ostrogoth).