plural alternats
: the practice among diplomats of regulating precedence among powers of equal rank by lot or in a certain regular order
especially : the practice in the signing of treaties and conventions of giving each power the copy on which it appears at the head of the list of signatories

Word History


French, literally, alternation, probably from New Latin alternatus, from Latin alternatus, past participle of alternare

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alternat was in 1826

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“Alternat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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