al·​ter·​nat | \ ȧlternȧ \
plural alternats\ -​nȧ(z) \

Definition of alternat

: 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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First Known Use of alternat

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alternat

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

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“Alternat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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