[often in roman type] political or economic union; specif., the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938
Origin of AnschlussGer, addition, union from anschliessen, to join
A political union, especially the one unifying Nazi Germany and Austria in 1938.
Origin of AnschlussGerman annexation from anschliessen to enclose, annex an on ( from Middle High German ane ) ( from Old High German ana ; see an- in Indo-European roots.) schliessen to close ( from Middle High German sliezen ) ( from Old High German sliozan )
From German Anschluss (“annexation”) (formerly Anschluß), from anschließen (“to join, unite”)