Al·​sa·​tian | \ al-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce Alsatian (audio) \

Definition of Alsatian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, situated in, inhabiting, or coming from Alsace Alsatian wines Her parents are Alsatian. Working out of a cramped second-floor kitchen, Jung has inspired the young new chefs to reinterpret the classics of Alsatian cuisine.— S. Irene Virbilia
2 British : of, relating to, or being a German shepherd an Alsatian dog


plural Alsatians

Definition of Alsatian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 British : german shepherd Jean Muir has no fewer than three dogs … one is a pointer, one is a Labrador … and the third is an Alsatian, a guard dog.— Michael Musto … it looked like an Alsatian, though it was far too big to be a dog. Then he realised that it was a wolf …— C. S. Lewis
2 : a native or inhabitant of Alsace The transition from French to German rule in Alsace was extremely difficult for many of its inhabitants. … Indeed, an impressive number of Alsatians emigrated rather than accept the new regime.— Gerard J. Brault
3 : a wine made in Alsace And the range of wines produced by the riesling grape? They spread across the spectrum, from desert-dry Alsatians to syrupy ice wines from Washington and New York State …— Chuck Sudo
4 : a dialect of German spoken in Alsace Most of the passengers on our cruise lived near Strasbourg, the home base of the cruise line. They spoke French, German, or Alsatian, a regional dialect.— Gail Russell Chaddock

First Known Use of Alsatian


1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1637, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Alsatian


Medieval Latin Alsatia Alsace

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“Alsatian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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