Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Helvetii, the ancient inhabitants of the Alps, now Switzerland, or to the modern states and inhabitant of the Alpine regions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Helvetii, the ancient inhabitant of the Alps, now Switzerland, or to the modern states and inhabitant of the Alpine regions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Helvetii, the ancient inhabitants of the Alpine region now called Switzerland.
  • Of or pertaining to the modern states and inhabitants of Switzerland: as, the Helvetic confederacy; Helvetic states.

Etymologies

Latin helveticus, from Helvetii the Helvetii. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Napoleon seized the greater part of what today is Switzerland in 1798, creating the "Helvetic Republic," and few of the English were inclined to visit.

    Richard Bangs: Here Be Dragons: Mt. Pilatus in Switzerland, Part 2

  • Celebrities, including Adam Lambert and Lord Voldemort, react to overturning of Prop 8. on Twitter, while Kayne West Tweets: "Tell everyone at the label only use Gothic or Helvetic fonts for email blast unless I otherwise approve" ...

    Nigel Lythgoe to return to 'American Idol'; Lily Allen is pregnant; Celebrities react to Prop. 8 ruling

  • You mean Napoleon did not invade it and set up the Helvetic Republic?

    Matthew Yglesias » A Patriotic Post

  • It is dominated by the crystalline Aar Massif and extends as far as the Helvetic nappe system in the Wengernalp region.

    Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn, Switzerland

  • La Harpe, Frédéric-César de, leader of the Helvetic Committee

    Subject Index Page 42

  • They won some successes, accepting the Helvetic constitution on condition that the French should not interfere or occupy their territory.

    1798, Jan. 23

  • The move was inspired by the Helvetic Committee in Paris, a revolutionary group headed by Frédéric-César de La Harpe, (1754–1838), a Vaudois whose great aim was the liberation of his homeland from the hated Bernese aristocracy, and by Peter Ochs of Basel, who drafted the Helvetic constitution and submitted it to the directory.

    1798, Jan. 23

  • Helvetic Republic Culture: Influenced by the Enlightenment but pressing toward Romanticism, Swiss culture included a strong strain of nationalism.

    1799

  • Though he had little time for a Swiss regional literature (Heimatliteratur) dedicated to reproducing Helvetic folklore and celebrating dying folkways, Walser did, after his return to Switzerland, deliberately begin to introduce Swiss German into his writing, and generally to sound Swiss.

    The Genius of Robert Walser

  • He looked up at the maze of maroon signs, each with neat Helvetic lettering: Exit 31 still St.,

    Cat & Mouse

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