- (used with a singular verb)a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
- the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
Origin of ironside
Examples from the Web for ironsides
Historical Examples of ironsides
In the name of the Deity he charged at the head of his Ironsides.
She referred him to Susan to see if there were rooms which the Ironsides could have.A Houseful of Girls
Again he reminded one of the "predestined" leader of the Ironsides.The Broken Sword
Every thing in the "Ironsides" was wet, but the stores of the "Hope" were in perfect order.
A mast and sail was put into the life-boat, which we named the "Ironsides."
- the cavalry regiment trained and commanded by Oliver Cromwell
- Cromwell's entire army
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.