Hun

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From Old English Hūne, Hūnas, from Late Latin Hunnus, from Ancient Greek Ούννοι (Oúnnoi), borrowed through Middle Iranian, apparently ultimately from Turkic *Hun-yü, the name of a tribe (they were known in China as Hsiungnu).[1]

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Hun (plural Huns)

  1. A member of a nomadic tribe, the Huns, most likely of Turkic origin, which invaded Europe in the fourth century from Central Asia.
  2. (figuratively) a vandal, a barbarian, an uncivilized destructive person
  3. (slang, derogatory, Britain) A German (popular in the media since World War I)
  4. (slang, derogatory, Britain, Ireland) A Protestant.

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Hun m (plural Hunnen, diminutive Hunnetje n)

  1. A Hun, member of the nomadic tribe
  2. (figuratively) A barbarian, brute