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ironside

[ahy-ern-sahyd]
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noun
  1. a strong person with great power of endurance or resistance.
  2. (initial capital letter) an epithet or nickname of Edmund II.
  3. (initial capital letter) Usually Ironsides.
    1. (used with a singular verb)a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
    2. the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
  4. ironsides, (usually used with a singular verb)
    1. an ironclad.
    2. Eastern U.S.scup.
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Origin of ironside

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at iron, side1

Edmund II

or Eadmund II

noun
  1. Ironside, a.d. c980–1016, English king 1016: defeated by Canute.
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Ironside

noun
  1. nickname of Edmund II of EnglandSee Edmund II
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Edmund II

noun
  1. called Edmund Ironside. ?980–1016, king of England in 1016. His succession was contested by Canute and they divided the kingdom between them
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Word Origin and History for ironside

Ironside

name given to a man of great hardihood or bravery, c.1300, first applied to Edmund II, king of England (d.1016), later also to Oliver Cromwell and his troops. Old Ironsides as a nickname of U.S.S. "Constitution" dates from that ship's defeat of H.M.S. "Guerriere" on Aug. 19, 1812, in the War of 1812.

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