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Wenceslaus

or Wen·ces·las

[wen-sis-laws]
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noun
  1. 1361–1419, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1378–1400; as Wenceslaus IV, king of Bohemia 1378–1419.
  2. SaintGood King Wenceslaus, a.d. 903?–c935, duke of Bohemia 928–935.
German Wenzel.
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  • Wenceslas had meanwhile attempted to redeem his promise to Hus.

  • It was published by Wenceslas Hanka in 1824, and was greatly admired.

  • And there could be no doubt of its authenticity, coming as it did from a tool of Wenceslas himself.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • What that claim might accomplish if laid before Wenceslas, he shuddered to think.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • Then I will send these bills, or such part as we deem wise, to Wenceslas.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking


British Dictionary definitions for wenceslas

Wenceslaus

Wenceslas

noun
  1. 1361–1419, Holy Roman Emperor (1378–1400) and, as Wenceslaus IV, king of Bohemia (1378–1419)
  2. Saint, known as Good King Wenceslaus. ?907–929, duke of Bohemia (?925–29); patron saint of Bohemia. Feast day: Sept 28
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Word Origin and History for wenceslas

Wenceslas

masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Venceslaus (modern Czech Vaclav), from Old Czech Veceslavu, literally "having greater glory," from Slavic *vetye- "greater" + *-slavu "fame, glory," from PIE *klou-, from root *kle- "to hear" (see listen).

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