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[al-fon-soh, -zoh] /ælˈfɒn soʊ, -zoʊ/
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “noble” and “ready.”.
Also, Alphonse
[al-fons, -fonz; French al-fawns] /ˈæl fɒns, -ˈfɒnz; French alˈfɔ̃s/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Had he not been a king, he had been mad: such men as Bosco were mad after Alphonso died.

  • Alphonso was with us for some time, but the monks of Clugni extricated him from thence.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Here the noblest study of mankind was broken off—Alphonso appearing.

  • How was he to get Prigio out of the way, and make Enrico or Alphonso his successor?

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • “You had better put on flannels, Alphonso, for this kind of work,” said Prigio.

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • For the king disliked him as much as ever, and was as angry as ever about the deaths of Enrico and Alphonso.

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • For Captain Alphonso Leek was not a striking-looking personage.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "You had better put on flannels, Alphonso, for this kind of work," said Prigio.

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • Off he flew; and there he was in a second, just beside poor Alphonso's garden-engine.

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • The only one whom she treated ill was Alphonso, who had the honour to be her spouse.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Word Origin and History for Alphonso

masc. proper name, from Spanish Alfonso, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German Adalfuns, from adal "noble;" see atheling + funs "ready"). The Alphonsine tables are named for Alphonso the Wise, 13c. king of Castile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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