Definition of Alsatian in English:

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Pronunciation: /alˈseɪʃ(ə)n/


1British A large dog of a breed typically used as guard dogs or for police work. Also called German shepherd.
Example sentences
  • Pekingese, cocker spaniels and Alsatians were the top three most popular dogs.
  • Microchipping a chihuahua, for example, seems to me to be a bit unnecessary, to say the very least, but the microchipping of a rather large Dobermann, Alsatian, or pit bull terrier does have some merit.
  • Two years ago the only general purpose police dog in Wiltshire was the Alsatian but the force turned to Rottweilers after it became increasingly difficult to find dogs that were suitable for police work.
2A native or inhabitant of Alsace.
Example sentences
  • Adjacent regions of France are also more oriented to beer than wine, and French Alsatians welcome beer to the table as an accompaniment to their traditionally hearty food.
  • Whether in Colmar in the heart of Alsace, or Mulhouse further south, or Selestat, Alsatians are warm and friendly, welcoming and cordial.
  • Pressure was also brought by the newspapers and caused Parliament to vote for, in the name of the unity of France, an amnesty, which pardoned the 13 convicted Alsatians.


Relating to Alsace or its inhabitants.
Example sentences
  • Charming bed and breakfast inns, village delis and bars are a window to quality Alsatian living and country life, favoured by most inhabitants of this enchanting region.
  • He would quaff a few glasses of Alsatian Pinot Noir as he poured forth his conviction that Northern Ireland could emulate France and Germany by resolving age-old conflict.
  • Fitting the bill perfectly is Kronenbourg - a brand with authentic Alsatian origins, which dates back to 1664.


From medieval Latin Alsatia 'Alsace' + -an.

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