Schweizer

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German swīzer. Equivalent to Schweiz +‎ -er. The senses "doorman" and "milker" arose because Swiss people were commonly employed in Germany in those professions; the sense "sacristan" arose because sacristans' garb resembled that of the Swiss Guards. For the sense development compare also French Suisse (Swiss) : suisse (doorman).

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Noun[edit]

Schweizer m (genitive Schweizers, plural Schweizer, feminine Schweizerin)

  1. Swiss person
  2. Swiss Guard
  3. milker, person who milks cows
  4. (Catholic) sacristan
  5. doorman

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