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Al·​sa·​tian al-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce Alsatian (audio)
: 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
British : of, relating to, or being a German shepherd
an Alsatian dog


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plural Alsatians
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
: 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
: 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
: 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

Examples of Alsatian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Raoul’s, for example, the French bistro opened by Alsatian brothers, Serge and Guy Raoul, in 1975. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 16 June 2023

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Word History



Medieval Latin Alsatia Alsace

First Known Use


1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1637, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alsatian was in 1563

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“Alsatian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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