Definition of Swiss in English:

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Pronunciation: /swis/


1Relating to Switzerland or its people.
Example sentences
  • Raised in Pennsylvania, he spent the summers in Switzerland with his Swiss architect father.
  • In 2001 Switzerland imported Bulgarian goods worth some 60 million Swiss francs.
  • Each household has its own favourite recipe, some containing Swiss cheeses that you're unlikely to see outside Switzerland.
1.1 (as plural noun the Swiss) The people of Switzerland.
Example sentences
  • We Brits pay, just as do the Swiss, the Germans and the French.
  • Swiss history is unique in Europe since the Swiss never had a monarchy.
  • That experience taught him how hard it will be to sell our expertise to the Swiss and Germans.

noun (plural same)

A native or inhabitant of Switzerland, or a person of Swiss descent.
Example sentences
  • The missing are thought to include a Briton, a Swiss, a German, five Thais, two Americans, two Australians and three others.
  • The firm was established four years ago by a multi-ethnic trio - a Swiss, a Dane and a Thai.
  • A painting may not resonate with a Maori as with a German; a song in Chinese means nothing to a Swiss.


Early 16th century: from French Suisse, from Middle High German Swīz 'Switzerland'.

Words that rhyme with Swiss

abyss, amiss, bis, bliss, Chris, Diss, hiss, kiss, Majlis, miss, reminisce, sis, this, vis

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Syllabification: Swiss

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