Wilhelm

[ wil-helm; German vil-helm ]
/ ˈwɪl hɛlm; German ˈvɪl hɛlm /
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noun

a male given name, German form of William.

Definition for wilhelm (2 of 3)

Wilhelm I


noun

Definition for wilhelm (3 of 3)

Wilhelm II


noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wilhelm (1 of 2)

Wilhelm I

/ (ˈvɪlhɛlm) /

noun

the German name of William I (def. 3)

British Dictionary definitions for wilhelm (2 of 2)

Wilhelm II


noun

the German name of William II (def. 2)
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Culture definitions for wilhelm

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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