noun al·ter·nat \ȧlternȧ\

Definition of alternat



  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of alternat

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

First Known Use: 1826

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a trip made at another's expense

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