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”)