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Boniface

[bon-uh-feys, -fis; for 4 also French baw-nee-fas] /ˈbɒn əˌfeɪs, -fɪs; for 4 also French bɔ niˈfas/
noun
1.
Saint (Wynfrith) a.d. 680?–755? English monk who became a missionary in Germany.
2.
a jovial innkeeper in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem.
3.
(lowercase) any landlord or innkeeper.
4.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “doer of good.”.

Boniface I

noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 422, pope 418–422.

Boniface II

noun
1.
pope a.d. 530–532.

Boniface III

noun
1.
pope a.d. 607.

Boniface IV

noun
1.
Saint, pope a.d. 608–615.

Boniface V

noun
1.
died a.d. 625, pope 619–625.

Boniface VI

noun
1.
pope a.d. 896.

Boniface VII

noun
1.
antipope a.d. 974, 984–985.

Boniface VIII

noun
1.
(Benedetto Caetani) c1235–1303, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1294–1303.

Boniface IX

noun
1.
(Pietro Tomacelli) died 1404, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1389–1404.
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Historical Examples
  • You are very happy, Mr. Boniface; pray what other company have you in town?

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • Boniface to Cuthberht and others, year 735, in Migne's "Patrologia," vol.

  • Old Saunders--I remember him like yesterday--was not a mere drunken sot or a Boniface of the hostelry.

  • As you wished, true, Boniface, but I can love you in another manner.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Oh, I was only looking if there was not a crown in your pocket for your friend Boniface.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Oh, do not cry like that, mademoiselle; it is your poor Boniface who begs you.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Boniface in all probability then anointed the head appointed by the Pope to wear the French crown.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • Luckily it was only Buvat, and Boniface profited by his entrance to depart.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Boniface, who hated the Celts and all their usages, eagerly undertook the task, and he went into Thuringia.

  • "You were right not to draw," continued the Boniface with a sharp look.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
British Dictionary definitions for Boniface

Boniface

/ˈbɒnɪˌfeɪs/
noun
1.
Saint. original name Wynfrith. ?680–?755 ad, Anglo-Saxon missionary: archbishop of Mainz (746–755). Feast day: June 5

Boniface VIII

noun
1.
original name Benedict Caetano. ?1234–1303, pope (1294–1303)
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Word Origin and History for Boniface

"innkeeper," from Will Boniface, character in George Farquhar's comedy "The Beaux' Stratagem" (1707).

Contrary to the common opinion, this name derives not from Latin bonifacius 'well-doer,' but from bonifatius, from bonum 'good' and fatum 'fate.' The change to Bonifacius was due to pronunciation and from this was deduced a false etymology. Bonifatius is frequent on Latin inscriptions. Bonifacius is found only twice and these late (Thesaurus) ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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