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[hel-vee-shuh] /hɛlˈvi ʃə/

an Alpine region in Roman times, corresponding to the W and N parts of .
the Latin name for Switzerland
a Roman province in central Europe (1st century bc to the 5th century ad), corresponding to part of S Germany and parts of W and N Switzerland


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    [hel-vee-shuh n] /hɛlˈvi ʃən/ adjective 1. of or relating to or the Helvetii. 2. . noun 3. one of the Helvetii. 4. a . /hɛlˈviːʃən/ adjective 1. of or relating to the Helvetii 2. another word for Swiss noun 3. a native or citizen of Switzerland 4. a member of the Helvetii adj. “Swiss,” 1550s, […]

  • Helvetic

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  • Helvetii

    [hel-vee-shee-ahy] /hɛlˈvi ʃiˌaɪ/ plural noun 1. the ancient Celtic inhabitants of Helvetia in the time of Julius Caesar. /hɛlˈviːʃɪˌaɪ/ plural noun 1. a Celtic tribe from SW Germany who settled in Helvetia from about 200 bc

  • Helvetius

    [hel-vee-shuh s; French el-vey-syys] /hɛlˈvi ʃəs; French ɛl veɪˈsyüs/ noun 1. Claude Adrien [klawd ey-dree-uh n;; French klohd a-dree-ahn] /klɔd ˈeɪ dri ən;; French kloʊd a driˈɑ̃/ (Show IPA), 1715–71, French philosopher. /hɛlˈviːʃɪəs; French ɛlvesjys/ noun 1. Claude Adrien (klod adriɛ̃). 1715–71, French philosopher. In his chief work De l’Esprit (1758), he asserted that the […]

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