[hoh-uh n-zol-ern; German hoh-uh n-tsawl-uhrn]


a member of the royal family that ruled in Romania from 1866 to 1947, in Prussia from 1701 to 1918, and in the German Empire from 1871 to 1918.

Origin of Hohenzollern

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of hohenzollern

  • You need only to remember that you are a daughter of the House of Hohenzollern.

  • Is it not enough that a man is a German, and may serve the House of Hohenzollern?'

  • His dignity, as a Hohenzollern was offended; but Bismarck was playing for larger stakes.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • It's all about that Hohenzollern business and the Spanish succession.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • But that cause of alarm is over—the Hohenzollern is withdrawn.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for hohenzollern



a German noble family, the younger (Franconian) branch of which provided rulers of Brandenburg (1417–1701) and Prussia (1701–1918). The last kings of Prussia (1871–1918) were also emperors of Germany
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