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[al-fon-soh, -zoh]
  1. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “noble” and “ready.”
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Also Al·phonse [al-fons, -fonz; French al-fawns] /ˈæl fɒns, -ˈfɒnz; French alˈfɔ̃s/.
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Examples from the Web for alphonso

Historical Examples

  • Had he not been a king, he had been mad: such men as Bosco were mad after Alphonso died.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862


  • Alphonso was with us for some time, but the monks of Clugni extricated him from thence.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Here the noblest study of mankind was broken off—Alphonso appearing.

  • How was he to get Prigio out of the way, and make Enrico or Alphonso his successor?

    Prince Prigio

    Andrew Lang

  • “You had better put on flannels, Alphonso, for this kind of work,” said Prigio.

    Prince Prigio

    Andrew Lang

Word Origin and History for alphonso


masc. proper name, from Spanish Alfonso, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German Adalfuns, from adal "noble;" see atheling + funs "ready"). The Alphonsine tables are named for Alphonso the Wise, 13c. king of Castile.

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