[wil-helm; German vil-helm]

Wilhelm I

Wilhelm II

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Historical Examples of wilhelm

  • He took father's hand and shook it heartily: 'May it be so, friend Wilhelm, may it be so,' he said.

    The Marx He Knew

    John Spargo

  • The type of this sort of fiction is Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister."

  • When we pass to "Wilhelm Meister," we are in quite a different world.

    Visions and Revisions

    John Cowper Powys

  • It was very amusing but I did not like it nearly so well as "Wilhelm Tell."

    Story of My Life

    Helen Keller

  • Walter and Wilhelm in the depth sport with a liddle gross-bow.

    Vice Versa

    F. Anstey

British Dictionary definitions for wilhelm

Wilhelm I

  1. the German name of William I (def. 3)

Wilhelm II

  1. the German name of William II (def. 2)
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wilhelm in Culture

Wilhelm II

[(vil-helm, wil-helm)]

A German emperor, or kaiser, of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After disagreements with Kaiser Wilhelm in the late nineteenth century, Otto von Bismarck resigned as head of the German government. Wilhelm then made aggressive moves abroad that increased instability throughout Europe. He ruled Germany in World War I and abdicated after his country's defeat. He lived the rest of his life in obscurity in The Netherlands.

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