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[haps-burg; German hahps-boo rk] /ˈhæps bɜrg; German ˈhɑpsˌbʊərk/
a German princely family, prominent since the 13th century, that has furnished sovereigns to the Holy Roman Empire, Austria, Spain, etc. Unabridged
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  • The hereditary under-lip of the House of Hapsburg is another example.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Not long was the alliance between the houses of Hapsburg and Savoy to endure.

    The Counts of Gruyre Mrs. Reginald de Koven
  • It was good policy, then, to give a decided but friendly turn of Hapsburg policy towards the east.

  • The house of Hapsburg has to the present time retained the throne of Austria.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • She had the Hapsburg temper too, and would have run off with him if he had given her any encouragement.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • No one could hold the Hapsburg empire in check except the Czar.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • The Hapsburg army had never had an officer who could be compared with this puppet who had now become a real boy.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • It seems odd that anybody should look to the house of Hapsburg for liberality.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • All that I had really hoped for in Styria, all our fair dreams upon the castle walls of Hapsburg, had come to pass.

British Dictionary definitions for Hapsburg


a German princely family founded by Albert, count of Hapsburg (1153). From 1440 to 1806, the Hapsburgs wore the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire almost uninterruptedly. They also provided rulers for Austria, Spain, Hungary, Bohemia, etc. The line continued as the royal house of Hapsburg-Lorraine, ruling in Austria (1806–48) and Austria-Hungary (1848–1918) German name Habsburg
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Word Origin and History for Hapsburg

European dynasty, from German Habsburg, from the name of a castle on the Aar in Switzerland, originally Habichtsburg, literally "Hawk's Castle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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