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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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  • In it he treats of things in general in the encyclopedic fashion set him by Alphonso of Castile.

  • For Captain Alphonso Leek was not a striking-looking personage.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • “You had better put on flannels, Alphonso, for this kind of work,” said Prigio.

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • "You had better put on flannels, Alphonso, for this kind of work," said Prigio.

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • Alphonso, in despair, immediately offered to go in quest of her.

    Alphonso and Marina Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
  • Here the noblest study of mankind was broken off—Alphonso appearing.

  • More men began thrusting with more rods, but Alphonso was not to be balked.

  • The only one whom she treated ill was Alphonso, who had the honour to be her spouse.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
  • My father's name was Veremond, and I was adopted by my uncle king Alphonso the chaste.

  • At Alphonso Valenzano's everything that he possessed was ruined.

Word Origin and History for Alphonso

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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