a confederation of Germanic tribes, first recorded in the 3rd century a.d., that settled in the area between the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, and made harassing attacks against the Roman Empire.
Historical Examples

He completely overthrew the Alamanni in the great battle of Strassburg (August 357).
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5 Various

The Franks recovered from their panic, the Alamanni turned to flight.
Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin

Like most heathen people the Alamanni clothed their gods in their own flesh and blood.
The Story of Switzerland Lina Hug

And as soon as he had cried thus, the Alamanni turned and fled.
A Source Book for Mediaeval History Oliver J. Thatcher

Wyatt’s specimen is the earliest in English; he chose the form for his three satires imitating those of Alamanni.
English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

The Alamanni were defeated, and fled to the Mœotian marshes.
Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.

Parts of this law have been taken directly from the Visigothic law of Euric and from the law of the Alamanni.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7 Various

The Bavarian law, therefore, is later than that of the Alamanni.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7 Various

Ariosto is playful, Aretino scurrilous, Alamanni peevish, Folengo atrabilious.
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds

He also stopped a band of the Alamanni who wished to invade Italy.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2 Various

a West Germanic people who settled in the 4th century ad between the Rhine, the Main, and the Danube

name of a Suebic tribe or confederation that settled in Alsace and part of Switzerland (and source of French Allemand “German, a German”), from Proto-Germanic *Alamanniz, probably meaning “all-man” and denoting a wide alliance of tribes, but perhaps meaning “foreign men” (cf. Allobroges, name of a Celtic tribe in what is now Savoy, in Latin literally “the aliens,” in reference to their having driven out the original inhabitants), in which case the al- is cognate with the first element in Latin alius “the other” and English else.

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