Definitions for visigothˈvɪz ɪˌgɒθ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word visigoth
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a member of the western division of the Goths, who, after sacking Rome in a.d. 410, formed a kingdom in SW Europe, maintaining it in S Gaul until 507 and in Spain until 711.
Origin of Visigoth:
1605–15; < LL Visigothī (pl.) < Gmc, =*wisi- (c. west ) +goth-Goth
a member of the western group of Goths who sacked Rome and created a kingdom in present-day Spain and southern France
Any member of an ancient East Germanic tribe, one branch of the Goths (the Ostrogoths being the other), which participated in several wars with Rome and established a kingdom with Toulouse for its capital.
one of the West Goths. See the Note under Goth
The Visigoths were branches of the nomadic tribes of Germanic peoples referred to collectively as the Goths. These tribes flourished and spread during the late Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, or the Migration Period. The Visigoths emerged from earlier Gothic groups who had invaded the Roman Empire beginning in 376 and had defeated the Romans at the Battle of Adrianople in 378. The Visigoths invaded Italy under Alaric I and sacked Rome in 410. Their long history of migration led the Visigoths to compare themselves to the Biblical Hebrew people who purportedly wandered for forty years in the Sinai Desert. After the Visigoths sacked Rome, they began settling down, first in southern Gaul and eventually in Spain and Portugal, where they founded the Kingdom of the Visigoths. The Visigoths first settled in southern Gaul as foederati of the Romans - a relationship established in 418. However, they soon fell out with their Roman hosts and established their own kingdom with its capital at Toulouse. They next extended their authority into Hispania at the expense of the Suevi and Vandals. In 507, however, their rule in Gaul was ended by the Franks under Clovis I, who defeated them in the Battle of Vouillé. After that, the Visigoth kingdom was limited to Hispania, and they never again held territory north of the Pyrenees other than Septimania. A small, elite group of Visigoths came to dominate the governance of that region at the expense of those who had previously ruled there, particularly in the Byzantine province of Spania and the Suebic Kingdom of Galicia.
Find a translation for the visigoth definition in other languages:
Select another language: