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English Wikipedia has an article on:
canton of Graubünden


Borrowed from French Grisons. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A canton of Switzerland (the French name)
    Synonyms: canton of Grisons, (the German name) Graubünden, canton of Graubünden
    • [1685 October 11 (date written; Gregorian calendar), G[ilbert] Burnet, “The Second Letter. Millan, the First of October, 1685.”, in Some Letters. Containing, an Account of what Seemed Most Remarkable in Switzerland, Italy, &c. [], Rotterdam: [] Abraham Acher, [], published 1686, →OCLC, page 78:
      [T]here is a Griſon Regiment kept ſtill in pay by the Spaniards, there are in it tvvelve Companies of fifty a piece, and the Captains have a thouſand Crovvns pay, tho they are not obliged to attend upon the ſervice: []]
    • 1759, George Sale & al., The Modern Part of an Universal History, Vol.XXIX: History of the German Empire, page 2:
      Since the reign of Charlemagne, this country is divided into High and Low Germany: the firſt, towards the ſouth, comprehending the Palatinate of the Rhine, Franconia, Suabia, Bavaria, Bohemia, Moravia, Auſtria, Carinthia, Carniola, Stiria, Tyrol, the Swiſs, and the Griſons []

Usage notes[edit]

Historically but no longer prefixed by the.


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French Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia fr


From gris (grey), referring to the color of the clothes of the original inhabitants. This is also reflected in the German name, Graubünden (grey league).


Proper noun[edit]

Grisons m pl (plural only)

  1. Grisons (a canton of Switzerland)


  • English: Grisons

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  • Louis Deroy et Marianne Mulon, Dictionnaire des noms de lieux, Le Robert, 1994