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[krom-wuh l, -wel; for 1–3 also kruhm-] /ˈkrɒm wəl, -wɛl; for 1–3 also ˈkrʌm-/
Oliver, 1599–1658, English general, Puritan statesman, and Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1653–58.
his son, Richard, 1626–1712, English soldier, politician, Lord Protector of England 1658–59.
Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?–1540, English statesman.
a town in central Connecticut. Unabridged
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  • "Parry not with me," exclaimed the readily-irritated Cromwell.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • The minister Cromwell; you remember him—the one who was bald.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • In 1649 a grand entertainment was given by the Grocers to Cromwell and Fairfax.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • It was as if Prince Charlie and Cromwell had met to arrange a campaign.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • An imperfect conquest, on the principles of Rousseau's philanthropy, did not suit the taste or the notions of Cromwell.

  • When we say that Cromwell was a Protector of England, we do not assert that he was the only protector.

  • Cromwell nodded his head once more to commend the Archbishop's gentleman with a perfect acquiescence.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for Cromwell


/ˈkrɒmwəl; -wɛl/
Oliver. 1599–1658, English general and statesman. A convinced Puritan, he was an effective leader of the parliamentary army in the Civil War. After the execution of Charles I he quelled the Royalists in Scotland and Ireland, and became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth (1653–58)
his son, Richard. 1626–1712, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth (1658–59)
Thomas,Earl of Essex. ?1485–1540, English statesman. He was secretary to Cardinal Wolsey (1514), after whose fall he became chief adviser to Henry VIII. He drafted most of the Reformation legislation, securing its passage through parliament, the power of which he thereby greatly enhanced. He was executed after losing Henry's favour
Derived Forms
Cromwellian (krɒmˈwɛlɪən) adjective, noun
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