A map showing Austria.
Origin of AustriaMedieval Latin ; from Old High German ostarrih ; from ostan, east + rihhi, realm
- A country in Central Europe, a member state of the European Union. Official name: Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich).
From Latin Austria; a Latinization of Germanic ostar (“eastern”), from Proto-Germanic *austra (“eastern”), from the Proto-Indo-European *aus- (“to shine”) (see aurora, dawn). The Latin is short for (Marchia) austriaca (“eastern borderland”). More at eastern.
Distantly cognate to Australia — same proto-Indo-European root, but via Latin where it came to mean “south” rather than “east”. Compare also Austrasie.