plural noun
\ ˈā-lənz, -ˌlanz \
variants: or less commonly Alani \ ə-​ˈlā-​ˌnī , ə-​ˈlä-​(ˌ)nē \

Definition of Alans

: a Scythian people in pre-Slavic Russia and the Black sea regions

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First Known Use of Alans

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alans

Latin Alani, from Greek Alanoi

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“Alans.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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