Lombardy meaning

lŏm'bər-dē, lŭm'-
A region of northern Italy bordering on Switzerland. First inhabited by a Gallic people, it became the center of the kingdom of the Lombards in the sixth century ad and part of Charlemagne's empire in 774. The Lombard League of cities defeated Emperor Frederick I in 1176.
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Region of N Italy, on the Swiss border: 9,213 sq mi (23,862 sq km); chief city, Milan.
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