- a tall plant, Angelica atropurpurea, of the parsley family, having broad clusters of small white flowers.
- a related plant, Smyrnium olusatrum, having yellowish flowers.
Origin of alexanders
- a cocktail made with crème de cacao with gin or brandy (brandy alexander) and sweet cream.
Origin of alexander
- Alexander the Great.
- Also Alexandros. Classical Mythology. Homeric name for Paris.
- Franz [frants, franz, frahnts] /frænts, frænz, frɑnts/, 1891–1964, U.S. psychoanalyst, born in Hungary.
- Grover Cleveland,1887–1950, U.S. baseball player.
- Sir Harold R. L. G.Alexander of Tunis, 1891–1969, English field marshal.
- Samuel,1859–1938, British philosopher.
- William,1726–83, general in the American Revolution.
- a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “defender of men.”
Examples from the Web for alexanders
Your Alexanders and Hannibals were nothing, at all to him, sir—Corporals!The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
The Alexanders—any of them—were everything he had said they were.The Lani People
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He was one of the Alexanders of his time, but does not appear to have been a great actor.The Town
Historical and legendary Cromwells, Alexanders, and Taliesens.On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire
Also the name of the horse of Emynedus, Alexanders comrade, in the Alexander.The Bruce
- a biennial umbelliferous plant, Smyrnium olusatrum, native to S Europe, with dense umbels of yellow-green flowers and black fruits
- golden alexanders an umbelliferous plant, Zizia aurea, of North America, having yellow flowers in compound umbels
- 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)
Word Origin and History for alexanders
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.