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/ ˈsti vən /
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Saint, died a.d. c35, first Christian martyr.
Saint, c975–1038, first king of Hungary 997–1038.
Stephen of Blois, 1097?–1154, king of England 1135–54.
Sir Leslie, 1832–1904, English critic, biographer, and philosopher.
a male given name.



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/ (ˈstiːvən) /


?1097–1154, king of England (1135–54); grandson of William the Conqueror. He seized the throne on the death of Henry I, causing civil war with Henry's daughter Matilda. He eventually recognized her son (later Henry II) as his successor
Saint. died ?35 ad, the first Christian martyr. Feast day: Dec 26 or 27
Saint, Hungarian name István. ?975–1038 ad, first king of Hungary as Stephen I (997–1038). Feast day: Aug 16 or 20
Sir Leslie. 1832–1904, English biographer, critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography; father of the novelist Virginia Woolf
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