alternat

noun
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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about alternat

Time Traveler for alternat

Time Traveler

The first known use of alternat was in 1826

See more words from the same year

Statistics for alternat

Cite this Entry

“Alternat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alternat. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

Comments on alternat

What made you want to look up alternat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!