louis

[ loo-ee; French lwee ]
/ ˈlu i; French lwi /

noun, plural lou·is [loo-eez; French lwee] /ˈlu iz; French lwi/.

Origin of louis

First recorded in 1680–90

Definition for louis (2 of 17)

Louis

[ loo-is or for 2, loo-ee ]
/ ˈlu ɪs or for 2, ˈlu i /

noun

JoeJoseph Louis Barrow, 1914–81, U.S. boxer: world heavyweight champion 1937–49.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “loud battle.”

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Louis I

[ loo-ee, loo-is; French lwee ]
/ ˈlu i, ˈlu ɪs; French lwi /

noun

le Débonairethe Pious, a.d. 788–840, king of France and Germany 814–840; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 814–840 (son of Charlemagne).

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Louis II


noun

German Ludwig II. the German, a.d. 804?–876, king of Germany 843–876 (son of Louis I).
a.d. 822?–875, king of Italy 844–875; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 855–875 (son of Lothair I).

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Louis IV


noun

the Bavarian, 1287?–1347, king of Germany (1314–47); emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1328–47.

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Louis V


noun

le Fainéant, a.d. 967?–987, king of France 986–987: last Carolingian to rule France.

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Louis VI


noun

the Fat, 1081–1137, king of France 1108–37.

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Louis VII


noun

the Young, 1121?–80, king of France 1137–80 (son of Louis VI).

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Louis IX


noun

Saint,1214?–70, king of France 1226–70.

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Louis XI


noun

1423–83, king of France 1461–83 (son of Charles VII).

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Louis XII


noun

the Father of the People, 1462–1515, king of France 1498–1515.

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Louis XIII


noun

1601–43, king of France 1610–43 (son of Henry IV of Navarre).

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Louis XIV


noun

the Greatthe Sun King, 1638–1715, king of France 1643–1715 (son of Louis XIII).

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Louis XV


noun

1710–74, king of France 1715–74 (great grandson of Louis XIV).

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Louis XVI


noun

1754–93, king of France 1774–92 (grandson of Louis XV and husband of Marie Antoinette).

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Louis XVII


noun

Louis Charles of France, 1785–95, titular king of France 1793–95 (son of Louis XVI).

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Louis XVIII


noun

Louis Xavier Stanislas, 1755–1824, king of France 1814–15, 1815–24 (brother of Louis XVI).
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louis

/ (ˈluːɪ, French lwi) /

noun plural louis (ˈluːɪz, French lwi)

short for louis d'or

British Dictionary definitions for louis (2 of 16)

Louis

/ (ˈluːɪs) /

noun

Joe, real name Joseph Louis Barrow, nicknamed the Brown Bomber. 1914–81, US boxer; world heavyweight champion (1937–49)

British Dictionary definitions for louis (3 of 16)

Louis I

/ (ˈluːɪ, French lwi) /

noun

known as Louis the Pious or Louis the Debonair. 778–840 ad, king of France and Holy Roman Emperor (814–23, 830–33, 834–40): he was twice deposed by his sons

British Dictionary definitions for louis (4 of 16)

Louis II


noun

known as Louis the German. ?804–876 ad, king of Germany (843–76); son of Louis I
1845–86, king of Bavaria (1864–86): noted for his extravagant castles and his patronage of Wagner. Declared insane (1886), he drowned himself
de Bourbon. See (Prince de) Condé

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Louis IV


noun

known as Louis the Bavarian. ?1287–1347, king of Germany (1314–47) and Holy Roman Emperor (1328–47)

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Louis IX


noun

known as Saint Louis. 1214–70, king of France (1226–70): led the Sixth Crusade (1248–54) and was held to ransom (1250); died at Tunis while on another crusade

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Louis V


noun

known as Louis le Fainéant. ?967–987 ad, last Carolingian king of France (986–87)

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Louis VII


noun

known as Louis le Jeune. c. 1120–80, king of France (1137–80). He engaged in frequent hostilities (1152–74) with Henry II of England

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Louis XI


noun

1423–83, king of France (1461–83); involved in a struggle with his vassals, esp the duke of Burgundy, in his attempt to unite France under an absolute monarchy

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Louis XII


noun

1462–1515, king of France (1498–1515), who fought a series of unsuccessful wars in Italy

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Louis XIII


noun

1601–43, king of France (1610–43). His mother (Marie de Médicis) was regent until 1617; after 1624 he was influenced by his chief minister Richelieu

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Louis XV


noun

1710–74, king of France (1715–74); great-grandson of Louis XIV. He engaged France in a series of wars, esp the disastrous Seven Years' War (1756–63), which undermined the solvency and authority of the crown

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Louis XVI


noun

1754–93, king of France (1774–92); grandson of Louis XV. He married Marie Antoinette in 1770 and they were guillotined during the French Revolution

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Louis XVII


noun

1785–95, titular king of France (1793–95) during the Revolution, after the execution of his father Louis XVI; he died in prison

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Louis XVIII


noun

1755–1824, king of France (1814–24); younger brother of Louis XVI. He became titular king after the death of Louis XVII (1795) and ascended the throne at the Bourbon restoration in 1814. He was forced to flee during the Hundred Days

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Louis XIV


noun

known as le roi soleil (the Sun King). 1638–1715, king of France (1643–1715); son of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Effective ruler from 1661, he established an absolute monarchy. His attempt to establish French supremacy in Europe, waging almost continual wars from 1667 to 1714, ultimately failed. But his reign is regarded as a golden age of French literature and art
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Culture definitions for louis (1 of 2)

Louis XIV

[ (looh-ee) ]

A king of France in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Louis was known as the Sun King for his power and splendor. By inviting French nobles to live in luxury at his palace at Versailles, he removed them as threats and greatly increased his own power. He is known for saying, “L'état, c'est moi” (“I am the state”).

Culture definitions for louis (2 of 2)

Louis XVI

[ (looh-ee) ]

The last king of France before the French Revolution; the husband of Marie Antoinette. He at first accepted a change from absolute monarchy (see ancien régime) to constitutional monarchy in France. Then he tried to flee the country and was brought back a prisoner. Radicals, including the Jacobins, assumed control of the revolution and had Louis and Marie Antoinette beheaded for treason.

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