alexander

[ al-ig-zan-der, -zahn- ]
/ ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dər, -ˈzɑn- /
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noun (often initial capital letter)

a cocktail made with crème de cacao with gin or brandy (brandy alexander) and sweet cream.

Origin of alexander

First recorded in 1925–30; probably after the proper name

Definition for alexander (2 of 10)

Alexander

[ al-ig-zan-der, -zahn- ]
/ ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dər, -ˈzɑn- /

noun

Definition for alexander (3 of 10)

Alexander I


noun

Saint, pope a.d. 106?–115.
Aleksandr Pavlovich, 1777–1825, czar of Russia 1801–25.
Alexander ObrenovichorAleksandar Obrenović, 1876–1903, king of Serbia 1889–1903.
1888–1934, king of Yugoslavia 1921–34 (son of Peter I of Serbia).

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Alexander II


noun

died 1073, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1061–1073.
Aleksandr Nikolaevich, 1818–81, czar of Russia 1855–81.

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Alexander III


noun

died 1181, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1159–81.
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, 1845–94, czar of Russia 1881–94.

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Alexander IV


noun

Rinaldo Conti, died 1261, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1254–61.

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Alexander V


noun

1340?–1410, Cretan ecclesiastic: pope 1409–10.

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Alexander VI


noun

Rodrigo Borgia, 1431?–1503, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1492–1503 (father of Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia).

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Alexander VII


noun

Fabio Chigi, 1599–1667, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1655–67.

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Alexander VIII


noun

Pietro Ottoboni, 1610–91, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1689–91.
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Alexander

/ (ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndə) /

noun

Harold (Rupert Leofric George), Earl Alexander of Tunis. 1891–1969, British field marshal in World War II, who organized the retreat from Dunkirk and commanded in North Africa (1943) and Sicily and Italy (1944–45); governor general of Canada (1946–52); British minister of defence (1952–54)

British Dictionary definitions for alexander (2 of 5)

Alexander I


noun

c. 1080–1124, king of Scotland (1107–24), son of Malcolm III
1777–1825, tsar of Russia (1801–25), who helped defeat Napoleon and formed the Holy Alliance (1815)

British Dictionary definitions for alexander (3 of 5)

Alexander II


noun

1198–1249, king of Scotland (1214–49), son of William (the Lion)
1818–81, tsar of Russia (1855–81), son of Nicholas I, who emancipated the serfs (1861). He was assassinated by the Nihilists

British Dictionary definitions for alexander (4 of 5)

Alexander III


noun

1241–86, king of Scotland (1249–86), son of Alexander II
original name Orlando Bandinelli. died 1181, pope (1159–81), who excommunicated Barbarossa
1845–94, tsar of Russia (1881–94), son of Alexander II

British Dictionary definitions for alexander (5 of 5)

Alexander VI


noun

original name Rodrigo Borgia. 1431–1503, pope (1492–1503): noted for his extravagance and immorality as well as for his patronage of the arts; father of Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, with whom he is said to have committed incest
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Word Origin and History for alexander

Alexander


masc. proper name, from Latin, from Greek Alexandros "defender of men," from alexein "to ward off, keep off, turn (something) away, defend, protect" + aner (genitive andros) "man" (see anthropo-). The first element is related to Greek alke "protection, help, strength, power, courage," alkimos "strong;" cognate with Sanskrit raksati "protects," Old English ealgian "to defend." As a kind of cocktail, it is attested from 1930.

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