- (since 1917) a member of the present British royal family.Compare Saxe-Coburg-Gotha(def 1).
- Duke of. Edward VIII.
- Wallis Warfield, Duchess ofBessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, 1896–1986, U.S. socialite: wife of Edward VIII of England, who abdicated the throne to marry her.
- Official name Windsor and Maidenhead. a city in E Berkshire, in S England, on the Thames: the site of the residence (Windsor Castle) of English sovereigns since William the Conqueror.
- a city in S Ontario, in SE Canada, opposite Detroit, Michigan.
- a town in N central Connecticut.
- a town in S England, in Windsor and Maidenhead unitary authority, Berkshire, on the River Thames, linked by bridge with Eton: site of Windsor Castle, residence of English monarchs since its founding by William the Conqueror; Old Windsor, royal residence in the time of Edward the Confessor, is 3 km (2 miles) southeast. Pop: 26 747 (2001 est)Official name: New Windsor
- a city in SE Canada, in S Ontario on the Detroit River opposite Detroit: motor-vehicle manufacturing; university (1963). Pop: 208 402 (2001)
- the official name of the British royal family from 1917
- Duke of Windsor the title, from 1937, of Edward VIII
Word Origin and History for windsor, duke of
town in Berkshire, Old English Windlesoran (c.1060), literally "bank or slope with a windlass" (Old English *windels). Site of a royal residence, hence Windsor chair (1724), Windsor tie (1895), Windsor knot in a necktie (1953).
Windsor, duke of
An English nobleman of the twentieth century who ruled Britain as King Edward VIII in 1936. He gave up the throne after less than a year to marry an American divorcée, Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson, because British law did not permit a divorced woman to become queen.