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

Definition of Alsatian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to, situated in, inhabiting, or coming from Alsace Alsatian wines 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


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

Other Words from Alsatian


Alsatian adjective
an Alsatian dog Alsatian wines her parents are Alsatian the Alsatian dialect

First Known Use of Alsatian


1563, in the meaning defined above


1637, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Alsatian


Medieval Latin Alsatia Alsace

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