/ (ˈaɪənˌsaɪdz) /

  1. a person with great stamina or resistance

  2. an ironclad ship

  1. (often capital) (in the English Civil War)

    • the cavalry regiment trained and commanded by Oliver Cromwell

    • Cromwell's entire army

Words Nearby ironsides

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How to use ironsides in a sentence

  • Now this horse, who was called Old ironsides, was as famous for his kicking habits as Cæsar was for his sheep-killing.

    Mike Marble | Uncle Frank
  • The ironsides kept the main channel, which brought her within about one thousand yards of Moultrie and Sumter.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • She referred him to Susan to see if there were rooms which the ironsides could have.

    A Houseful of Girls | Sarah Tytler
  • Wherever there was a downpour of leaden rain Jackson and the "ironsides" would have been in accord.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • When the royalist gentry went down before Cromwell's ironsides, absolutism received its death-wound.

    Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George