anschluss


noun

  1. union, especially the political union of Austria with Germany in 1938.

noun

  1. a political or economic union, esp the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany (1938)
n.

1924, from German Anschluß, “connection; addition; junction,” literally “joining, union,” from anschließen “to join, annex,” from an “at, to, toward” + schließen “to shut, close, lock, bolt; contract” (a marriage); see slot (n.2). Specifically the proposal to unite Germany and Austria, accomplished in 1938.

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