alternat

noun al·ter·nat \ ȧlternȧ \

Definition of alternat

plural alternats \-nȧ(z)\
: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


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