[guh-stey-vuh s, -stah-]
- a male given name, Latinized form of Gustave.
- Gustavus Vasa, 1496–1560, king of Sweden 1523–60.
- Gustavus AdolphusLion of the North, 1594–1632, king of Sweden 1611–32: national military hero (grandson of Gustavus I).
- 1746–92, king of Sweden 1771–92: economic and legal reformer.
- Gustavus Adolphus, 1778–1837, king of Sweden 1792–1809 (son of Gustavus III).
- 1858–1950, king of Sweden 1907–50: advocate of Swedish neutrality during World Wars I and II.
Also Gus·taf V, Gus·tav V [guhs-tahv] /ˈgʌs tɑv/.
or Gustav VI
- Gustaf Adolf, 1882–1973, king of Sweden 1950–73 (son of Gustavus V).
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Examples from the Web for gustavus
She could disarm Gustavus of his sword, which was so terrible to the princes of Europe.
The queen, her mother, had accompanied Gustavus to the wars.
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.
- called Gustavus Vasa. ?1496–1560, king of Sweden (1523–60). He was elected king after driving the Danes from Sweden (1520–23)
- title of Gustaf Adolf. 1882–1973, king of Sweden (1950–73)
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Word Origin and History for gustavus
masc. proper name, Latinized form of Swedish Gustaf; first element of unknown origin, second element literally "staff."
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