Of or relating to Switzerland or its people or culture.
1. pl. Swiss
a. A native or inhabitant of Switzerland.
b. A person of Swiss ancestry.
2. also swiss A crisp, sheer cotton fabric used for curtains or light garments.
3. See Swiss cheese.
[French Suisse, from Middle High German Swīzer, from Swīz, Switzerland.]
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