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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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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