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Gustavus

[guh-stey-vuh s, -stah-]
noun
  1. a male given name, Latinized form of Gustave.
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Gustavus I

noun
  1. Gustavus Vasa, 1496–1560, king of Sweden 1523–60.
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Gustavus II

noun
  1. Gustavus AdolphusLion of the North, 1594–1632, king of Sweden 1611–32: national military hero (grandson of Gustavus I).
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Gustavus III

noun
  1. 1746–92, king of Sweden 1771–92: economic and legal reformer.
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Gustavus IV

noun
  1. Gustavus Adolphus, 1778–1837, king of Sweden 1792–1809 (son of Gustavus III).
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Gustavus V

noun
  1. 1858–1950, king of Sweden 1907–50: advocate of Swedish neutrality during World Wars I and II.
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Also Gus·taf V, Gus·tav V [guhs-tahv] /ˈgʌs tɑv/.

Gustavus VI

or Gustav VI

noun
  1. Gustaf Adolf, 1882–1973, king of Sweden 1950–73 (son of Gustavus V).
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Examples from the Web for gustavus

Historical Examples of gustavus

  • She could disarm Gustavus of his sword, which was so terrible to the princes of Europe.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The queen, her mother, had accompanied Gustavus to the wars.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Why all this deference to Alfred and Scanderbeg and Gustavus?

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • With impatient fingers Gustavus snapped the seal and unfolded the letter.

  • But they had not saved him from the vindictiveness of Gustavus.


British Dictionary definitions for gustavus

Gustavus I

noun
  1. called Gustavus Vasa. ?1496–1560, king of Sweden (1523–60). He was elected king after driving the Danes from Sweden (1520–23)
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Gustavus II

noun
  1. See Gustavus Adolphus
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Gustavus VI

noun
  1. title of Gustaf Adolf. 1882–1973, king of Sweden (1950–73)
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Word Origin and History for gustavus

Gustavus

masc. proper name, Latinized form of Swedish Gustaf; first element of unknown origin, second element literally "staff."

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