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Ferdinand

[fur-dn-and]
noun
  1. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “bold” and “peace.”
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Ferdinand I

[fur-dn-and; German fer-di-nahnt]
noun
  1. Spanish Fernando I. Ferdinand the Great, died 1065, king of Castile 1033–65, king of Navarre and Leon 1037–65; emperor of Spain 1056–65.
  2. 1503–64, king of Bohemia and Hungary 1526–64; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1558–64 (brother of Emperor Charles V).
  3. Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria, 1861–1948, king of Bulgaria 1908–18.
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Ferdinand II

noun
  1. the Catholic, 1452–1516, founder of the Spanish monarchy 1506: king of Sicily 1468–1516, king of Aragon 1479–1516; as Ferdinand III, king of Naples 1504–16; as King Ferdinand V, joint sovereign (with Isabella I) of Castile 1474–1504.
  2. 1578–1637, king of Bohemia 1617–19, 1620–37; king of Hungary 1619?–37; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1620–37.
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Ferdinand III

noun
  1. Ferdinand II(def 1).
  2. 1608–57, king of Hungary 1625–57, king of Bohemia 1627–57, king of Germany 1636–57; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1637–57 (son of Ferdinand II).
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Ferdinand V

noun
  1. Ferdinand II(def 1).
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Ferdinand VI

noun
  1. 1713–59, king of Spain 1746–59 (son of Philip V).
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Ferdinand VII

noun
  1. 1784–1833, king of Spain 1808, 1814–33.
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  • In the third act the courtship of Ferdinand and Miranda is pretty, but hardly more.

  • Well, if it were not there, I should be where Ferdinand is, should I not?

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Ferdinand is the most ambitious man in Europe, false also if it serves his purpose.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • It is these hands that are shaping for Ferdinand of Spain the keys of Granada.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • This writing, mighty Ferdinand, contains the articles of our compact.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for ferdinand

Ferdinand

noun
  1. See Franz Ferdinand
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Ferdinand I

noun
  1. known as Ferdinand the Great. ?1016–65, king of Castile (1035–65) and León (1037–65): achieved control of the Moorish kings of Saragossa, Seville, and Toledo
  2. 1503–64, king of Hungary and Bohemia (1526–64); Holy Roman Emperor (1558–64), bringing years of religious warfare to an end
  3. 1751–1825, king of the Two Sicilies (1816–25); king of Naples (1759–1806; 1815–25), as Ferdinand IV, being dispossessed by Napoleon (1806–15)
  4. 1793–1875, king of Hungary (1830–48) and emperor of Austria (1835–48); abdicated after the Revolution of 1848 in favour of his nephew, Franz Josef I
  5. 1861–1948, ruling prince of Bulgaria (1887–1908) and tsar from 1908 until his abdication in 1918
  6. 1865–1927, king of Romania (1914–27); sided with the Allies in World War I
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Ferdinand II

noun
  1. 1578–1637, Holy Roman Emperor (1619–37); king of Bohemia (1617–19; 1620–37) and of Hungary (1617–37). His anti-Protestant policies led to the Thirty Years' War
  2. title as king of Aragon and Sicily of Ferdinand V
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Ferdinand III

noun
  1. 1608–57, Holy Roman Emperor (1637–57) and king of Hungary (1625–57); son of Ferdinand II
  2. title as king of Naples of Ferdinand V
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Ferdinand VII

noun
  1. 1784–1833, king of Spain (1808; 1814–33). He precipitated the Carlist Wars by excluding his brother Don Carlos as his successor
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Ferdinand V

noun
  1. known as Ferdinand the Catholic. 1452–1516, king of Castile (1474–1504); as Ferdinand II, king of Aragon (1479–1516) and Sicily (1468–1516); as Ferdinand III, king of Naples (1504–16). His marriage to Isabella I of Castile (1469) led to the union of Aragon and Castile and his reconquest of Granada from the Moors (1492) completed the unification of Spain. He introduced the Inquisition (1478), expelled the Jews from Spain (1492), and financed Columbus' voyage to the New World
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Word Origin and History for ferdinand

Ferdinand

masc. proper name, of Germanic origin, first element perhaps Proto-Germanic *farthi, abstract noun from root *far- "to fare, travel" (see fare (v.)); second element perhaps related to Old English neðan, Old High German nendan "to risk, venture."

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