Definition of vandal in English:


Syllabification: van·dal
Pronunciation: /ˈvandl


  • 2 (Vandal) A member of a Germanic people that ravaged Gaul, Spain, and North Africa in the 4th-5th centuries and sacked Rome in ad 455.
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    • At Carthage, the pirate kingdom of the Vandals outlived imperial Rome by several decades.
    • Worse, the Vandals had entered into North Africa, cutting Rome off from its supply of grain.
    • The Vandals occupied North Africa, successfully assimilating late Roman art.


from Latin Vandalus, of Germanic origin. sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century.

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