[stee-vuh nz]
  1. Alexander Hamilton,1812–83, U.S. statesman: vice-president of the Confederacy 1861–65.
  2. James,1882–1950, Irish poet and novelist.


[stee-vuh n]
  1. Saint,died a.d. c35, first Christian martyr.
  2. Saint,c975–1038, first king of Hungary 997–1038.
  3. Stephen of Blois, 1097?–1154, king of England 1135–54.
  4. Sir Leslie,1832–1904, English critic, biographer, and philosopher.
  5. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stephens

Contemporary Examples of stephens

Historical Examples of stephens

  • Yes, it was his, this home of dead and gone Stephens; it was here, and he was its master.

    Two Sides of the Face

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Mr. Stephens has scolded us,and Mr. Howells and Mr. Alden have counselled us wisely.

  • But how strange that Mr. Stephens should suppose him fitted for a clerkship in his store.

  • "Glad to see you again, Mr. Stephens," said he of the iron gray hair.

  • Mr. Stephens, of all men in the city, the last to be offended!

British Dictionary definitions for stephens


  1. ?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
  2. Saint. died ?35 ad, the first Christian martyr. Feast day: Dec 26 or 27
  3. Saint, Hungarian name István. ?975–1038 ad, first king of Hungary as Stephen I (997–1038). Feast day: Aug 16 or 20
  4. Sir Leslie. 1832–1904, English biographer, critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography; father of the novelist Virginia Woolf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stephens


masc. proper name, from Latin Stephanus, from Greek Stephanos, from stephanos "crown, garland." Exclusively a monk's name in Old English, it became common after the Conquest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper