1. (since 1917) a member of the present British royal family.Compare Saxe-Coburg-Gotha(def 1).
  2. Duke of. Edward VIII.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. a city in S Ontario, in SE Canada, opposite Detroit, Michigan.
  6. a town in N central Connecticut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for windsor, duke of


  1. 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
  2. a city in SE Canada, in S Ontario on the Detroit River opposite Detroit: motor-vehicle manufacturing; university (1963). Pop: 208 402 (2001)


  1. the official name of the British royal family from 1917
  2. Duke of Windsor the title, from 1937, of Edward VIII
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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).

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windsor, duke of in Culture

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.


In a famous speech to the British people announcing his abdication, the duke said that he could not carry on as king “without the help and support of the woman I love.”
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