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Etymology edit

Compound of Switzer +‎ -land, adopted in the 16th century from Early Modern German Schwytzerland (land of the Swiss). Noun sense refers to the state’s political neutrality in both World Wars.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈswɪt.sə.lənd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈswɪt.sɚ.lənd/
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Proper noun edit

Switzerland's location


  1. A country in Western Europe and Central Europe. Official name: Swiss Confederation. Capital: Bern (de facto).

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Switzerland (uncountable)

  1. (figurative) A neutral party in a dispute; one who does not take sides.
    I’m not getting involved in this argument. I’m Switzerland.

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