a) An extinct non-Romance language spoken in the ancient region of Raetia in the eastern Alps in pre-Roman and Roman times.
b) Rhaeto-Romanic, a grouping of modern Romance languages spoken in much the same region.

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  • Rhaetian — Rh[ae] ti*an, a & n. Rhetain. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rhaetian — c.1600, from L. Rhætia, ancient name of a district in the Alps and Roman province between the Rhine, Danube, and Po. Hence Rhaeto Romanic (1867), language of the Tyrol and southern Switzerland …   Etymology dictionary

  • Rhaetian — See Raetians for the Alpine people of antiquity. : See Romansh language for the Rhaetian language. The Rhaetian Stage is the final stage of the Late Triassic Period. It lasted from 203.6 ± 1.5 to 199.6 ± 0.6 million years ago. It was preceded by… …   Wikipedia

  • Rhaetian — adjective or noun see Rhaetia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Rhaetian — /ree sheuhn, shee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Rhaetia. 2. Rhaeto Romanic. 3. Raetic. n. 4. Raetic. 5. Rhaeto Romanic. Also, Rhetian. [1610 20; RHAETI(A) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Rhaetian — n. resident or inhabitant of the area bordering between Italy and Switzerland and Austria and Switzerland …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rhaetian — rhae·tian …   English syllables

  • Rhaetian — Rhae•tian [[t]ˈri ʃən, ʃi ən[/t]] adj. 1) peo anh geg of or pertaining to Rhaetia 2) peo Rhaeto Romance • Etymology: 1610–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • Rhaetian — /ˈriʃən/ (say reeshuhn) adjective 1. of or relating to Rhaetia. 2. → Rhaeto Romanic (def. 2) …   Australian English dictionary

  • rhaetian — …   Useful english dictionary

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