(redirected from Westphalians)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.


 (wĕst-fāl′yə, -fā′lē-ə)
A historical region and former duchy of west-central Germany east of the Rhine River. The duchy was created in the 12th century and was administered for many centuries by ecclesiastical princes, especially the archbishop of Cologne. The Peace of Westphalia (1648) marked the end of the Thirty Years' War. Napoleon seized the area in 1807 and designated a portion of it as the kingdom of Westphalia, to be ruled by his brother Jérôme. The region became part of Prussia after 1815.

West·pha′lian adj. & n.


(Placename) a historic region of NW Germany, now mostly in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. German name: Westfalen


(wɛstˈfeɪ li ə, -ˈfeɪl yə)

a former province in NW Germany, now a part of North Rhine-Westphalia: treaty ending the Thirty Years' War 1648. German, Westfalen.
West•pha′li•an, adj., n.


nWestfalen nt
References in classic literature ?
Then all these Westphalians and Hessians whom Napoleon is leading would not follow him into Russia, and we should not go to fight in Austria and Prussia without knowing why.
The 25-year-old has signed a fiveyear contract with the Westphalians and joins for a reported 30 million euros (PS25m).
Shinji Kagawa, Adrian Ramos and Marco Reus put Thomas Tuchel's men on their way to a comfortable 5-1 victory, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming off the bench to add two more for the Westphalians.
The 23-year-old follows the examples of Felipe Santana, Patrick Owomoyela and Mitchell Langerak in agreeing a new deal with the Westphalians.
Alas, the 64-year-old 'fireman' was unable to work his magic as Bielefeld drew 2-2 with Hannover and the two clubs below them, Karlsruhe and Energie Cottbus both won, condemning East Westphalians to the drop.
Among the chief claims Westphalians make is that the peace of 1648 created the first sovereign states.
This does not mean Westphalians are committed to the legitimacy of any undemocratic regime as against the people living in it, but only as against foreign states.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game for the Westphalians, who created numerous chances but had to wait until the 57th minute to break through.
The Poland international will join Bayern on a free transfer once his current contract with the Westphalians expires at the end of June, but his arrival does not automatically mean the club's current top scorer Mandzukic (pictured) will have to leave.
Rosicky had a disappointing first half of the season due to injury, but came back to help fire the Westphalians up the Bundesliga table.
Davie Selke put the hosts in front and Fin Bartels added a second before Mats Hummels grabbed a consolation for the Westphalians, who completed their lowest ever first half of a season - with just 15 points and 10 defeats.