Louis XIV


noun

the Greatthe Sun King, 1638–1715, king of France 1643–1715 (son of Louis XIII).
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British Dictionary definitions for sun king (1 of 2)

Sun King


noun

the. An epithet of Louis XIV

British Dictionary definitions for sun king (2 of 2)

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 sun king (1 of 2)

Sun King


A nickname for Louis xiv that captures the magnificence of his court and of the Palace of Versailles, which he built. Louis himself adopted the sun as his emblem.

Culture definitions for sun king (2 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”).

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