[haps-burg; German hahps-boork]


or Habs·burg

[haps-burg; German hahps-boork]
  1. a German princely family, prominent since the 13th century, that has furnished sovereigns to the Holy Roman Empire, Austria, Spain, etc.
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Contemporary Examples of habsburg

Historical Examples of habsburg

  • They had begun by counting upon the breaking up of the Habsburg Monarchy.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • Everywhere the dawn was breaking for the Habsburg's Southern Slavs.

  • Footnote 878: Control over England was the great objective of Habsburg policy.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • For whatever this Habsburg's failings, fear was not one of them.

    The Secret Witness

    George Gibbs

  • You would not be the first princess of the house of Habsburg to wed without love.

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott

British Dictionary definitions for habsburg


  1. the German name for Hapsburg


  1. a German princely family founded by Albert, count of Hapsburg (1153). From 1440 to 1806, the Hapsburgs wore the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire almost uninterruptedly. They also provided rulers for Austria, Spain, Hungary, Bohemia, etc. The line continued as the royal house of Hapsburg-Lorraine, ruling in Austria (1806–48) and Austria-Hungary (1848–1918)German name: Habsburg
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Word Origin and History for habsburg


European dynasty, from German Habsburg, from the name of a castle on the Aar in Switzerland, originally Habichtsburg, literally "Hawk's Castle."

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