from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of a tribe of eastern Goths that conquered and ruled Italy from AD 493 to 555.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person of the more easterly of the two great historical divisions of the Goths (see Goth). They established a monarchy in Italy in 493, which was overthrown in 555. Also called East Goth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun One of the Eastern Goths. See goth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any member of an ancient East Germanic tribe, one branch of the Goths (the Visigoths being the other), which invaded Italy in the sixth century

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a member of the eastern group of Goths who created a kingdom in northern Italy around 500 AD


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English Ostrogotes, Ostrogoths, from Late Latin Ostrogothī : ostro-, eastern (of Germanic origin; see aus- in Indo-European roots) + Gothī, Goths; see Goth.]


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