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Wenceslaus

or Wenceslas

[wen-sis-laws] /ˈwɛn sɪsˌlɔs/
noun
1.
1361–1419, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1378–1400; as Wenceslaus IV, king of Bohemia 1378–1419.
2.
Saint ("Good King Wenceslaus") a.d. 903?–c935, duke of Bohemia 928–935.
German Wenzel.
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  • "Call me Meg, Wenceslaus, but not when mamma is present," was her simple answer.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • This is Wenceslaus—Mr. Wenceslaus Arthmann, the sculptor, mamma, and he is doing me in clay.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Boleslav succeeded Wenceslaus as first Bohemian Prince of that name.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • This building was yet unfinished when Wenceslaus was martyred.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • Tells also of Charles's troubles, and introduces his son Wenceslaus.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • The old St. Wenceslaus church was a rock building 7527 feet.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • Wenceslaus Kvatopil assured me that he had no will of his own in the matter.

  • I consented to give away my ward, Wenceslaus Kvatopil's bride.

  • Wenceslaus Kvatopil always had a second serving of rice soup.

  • Wenceslaus Hollar etched thirty of the designs in 1651, and in 1788 forty-six of them were etched by David Deuchar.

    The Dance of Death Hans Holbein
British Dictionary definitions for Wenceslaus

Wenceslaus

/ˈwɛnsɪsləs/
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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