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  1. Saint Gregory VII.
Related formsHil·de·bran·di·an, adjective, nounHil·de·brand·ine [hil-duh-bran-din, -dahyn] /ˈhɪl dəˌbræn dɪn, -daɪn/, adjective


noun German Mythology.
  1. a hero in the Nibelungenlied.

Origin of Hildebrand2

< Old Norse Hildibrandr, equivalent to hildr battle + brandr sword

Gregory VII

  1. SaintHildebrand, c1020–85, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1073–85.
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  • The spirit of Luther is dead; but Hildebrand and Loyola are alive.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Cardinal Newman

  • So thy father has thought on the old Hall and old Sir Hildebrand at last!

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • The stranger was Reinald, who had come forth on the same errand as Hildebrand.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • While, at the same time, the brevity of Hildebrand is not like the brevity of the Northern poems.

  • The story of Walter of Aquitaine is as simple as the story of Hildebrand.

British Dictionary definitions for hildebrand


  1. the monastic name of Gregory VII
Derived FormsHildebrandian, adjective, nounHildebrandine, adjective

Gregory VII

  1. Saint, monastic name Hildebrand. ?1020-–85, pope (1073–85), who did much to reform abuses in the Church. His assertion of papal supremacy and his prohibition (1075) of lay investiture was opposed by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV, whom he excommunicated (1076). He was driven into exile when Henry captured Rome (1084). Feast day: May 25
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Word Origin and History for hildebrand


masc. proper name, Old High German Hildibrand, literally "battle-sword;" for first element see Hilda; for second element see brand.

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