völ·​ker·​wanderung | \ ˈfə̄lkə(r)ˌvändəˌru̇ŋ \
plural völkerwanderungen\ -​ŋən \

Definition of völkerwanderung

: the migration of nations especially : the movement into southern and western Europe of the Teutonic peoples, Huns, and Slavs from the 2d century a.d. to about the 11th century reaching the peak in the 5th and 6th centuries and closing with the settling of Norsemen in England and France

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History and Etymology for völkerwanderung

German (translation of Latin migratio gentium), from völker nations (plural of volk people, nation, from Old High German folc) + wanderung wandering, migration, from Middle High German wanderunge, from wandern to wander + -unge -ing (from Old High German -unga)

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“Völkerwanderung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/v%C3%B6lkerwanderung. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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