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ironside

[ahy-ern-sahyd] /ˈaɪ ərnˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
a strong person with great power of endurance or resistance.
2.
(initial capital letter) an epithet or nickname of Edmund II of England.
3.
(initial capital letter). Usually, Ironsides.
  1. (used with a singular verb) a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
  2. the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
4.
ironsides, (usually used with a singular verb)
  1. an ironclad.
  2. Eastern U.S. scup.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see iron, side1

Edmund II

noun
1.
("Ironside") a.d. c980–1016, English king 1016: defeated by Canute.
Also, Eadmund II.
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British Dictionary definitions for ironside

Ironside

/ˈaɪənˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
nickname of Edmund II of England See Edmund II

Edmund II

noun
1.
called Edmund Ironside. ?980–1016, king of England in 1016. His succession was contested by Canute and they divided the kingdom between them
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Word Origin and History for ironside

Ironside

name given to a man of great hardihood or bravery, c.1300, first applied to Edmund II, king of England (d.1016), later also to Oliver Cromwell and his troops. Old Ironsides as a nickname of U.S.S. "Constitution" dates from that ship's defeat of H.M.S. "Guerriere" on Aug. 19, 1812, in the War of 1812.

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