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Gustavus

[guh-stey-vuh s, -stah-]
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noun
  1. a male given name, Latinized form of Gustave.

Gustavus I

noun
  1. Gustavus Vasa, 1496–1560, king of Sweden 1523–60.

Gustavus II

noun
  1. Gustavus AdolphusLion of the North, 1594–1632, king of Sweden 1611–32: national military hero (grandson of Gustavus I).

Gustavus III

noun
  1. 1746–92, king of Sweden 1771–92: economic and legal reformer.

Gustavus IV

noun
  1. Gustavus Adolphus, 1778–1837, king of Sweden 1792–1809 (son of Gustavus III).

Gustavus V

noun
  1. 1858–1950, king of Sweden 1907–50: advocate of Swedish neutrality during World Wars I and II.
Also Gus·taf V, Gus·tav V [guhs-tahv] /ˈgʌs tɑv/.

Gustavus VI

or Gustav VI

noun
  1. Gustaf Adolf, 1882–1973, king of Sweden 1950–73 (son of Gustavus V).
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Historical Examples

  • She could disarm Gustavus of his sword, which was so terrible to the princes of Europe.

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  • The queen, her mother, had accompanied Gustavus to the wars.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Why all this deference to Alfred and Scanderbeg and Gustavus?

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • With impatient fingers Gustavus snapped the seal and unfolded the letter.

  • But they had not saved him from the vindictiveness of Gustavus.


British Dictionary definitions for gustavus

Gustavus I

noun
  1. called Gustavus Vasa. ?1496–1560, king of Sweden (1523–60). He was elected king after driving the Danes from Sweden (1520–23)

Gustavus II

noun
  1. See Gustavus Adolphus

Gustavus VI

noun
  1. title of Gustaf Adolf. 1882–1973, king of Sweden (1950–73)
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Word Origin and History for gustavus

Gustavus

masc. proper name, Latinized form of Swedish Gustaf; first element of unknown origin, second element literally "staff."

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