Anschluss meaning

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Political or economic union; specif., the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938
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(historical) Political annexation, specifically that of Austria into Germany in 1938. [from 1920s]
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Origin of anschluss

  • German annexation from anschliessen to enclose, annex an on (from Middle High German ane) (from Old High German ana an- in Indo-European roots) schliessen to close (from Middle High German sliezen) (from Old High German sliozan)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Anschluss (“annexation”) (formerly Anschluß), from anschließen (“to join, unite”)

    From Wiktionary