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[al-fon-soh, -zoh] /ælˈfɒn soʊ, -zoʊ/
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “noble” and “ready.”.
Also, Alphonse
[al-fons, -fonz; French al-fawns] /ˈæl fɒns, -ˈfɒnz; French alˈfɔ̃s/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • alphonse Giraud and I swore to the clothing—indeed, the linen was marked plainly enough—and we left the undertaker to his work.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
  • alphonse was unlocking the front door, and now threw it open.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • And Isabella, as alphonse subsequently told me, received this offer with an ill-concealed smile.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
  • Beyond lay alphonse, drugged with morphia, after an intolerable day.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • As to alphonse, the moment he regained the freedom of his limbs, he recovered all his gaiety.

    Moral Tales Madame Guizot
  • Captain alphonse and the other passengers, however, would not see this.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • alphonse shivered, though every one could see that he was merely making pretence to be frightened.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
Word Origin and History for alphonse


masc. proper name, from Spanish Alfonso, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German Adalfuns, from adal "noble;" see atheling + funs "ready"). The Alphonsine tables are named for Alphonso the Wise, 13c. king of Castile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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