Definition of Völkerwanderung in English:

Völkerwanderung

noun

  • A migration of peoples, especially that of Germanic and Slavic peoples into Europe from the 2nd to the 11th centuries.

    • ‘For the barbarians, this new settlement was the culmination of a period of defeat, migration and conquest know as the Völkerwanderung - the ‘Wandering of the Peoples.’’
    • ‘The depletion of these countries during the Völkerwanderung and the adverse climatic conditions of the Middle Ages must have had in the first instance a selective, in the second a depressing, effect upon national stature.’
    • ‘As a consequence of the colonization patterns, the Völkerwanderung, the routes for trade and communication (chiefly the rivers), and of physical isolation (high mountains and deep forests) very different regional dialects developed.’
    relocation, resettling, population movement, transhumance, moving, moving abroad, emigration, expatriation, posting, exodus, departure, hegira, defection, trek, diaspora
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Origin

German, from Völker ‘nations’ + Wanderung ‘migration’.

Pronunciation

Völkerwanderung

/ˈfœlkɛɐˌvandərʊŋ//ˈfəːlkəˌvɑːndərʊŋ/