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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
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British Dictionary definitions for ironsides

ironsides

/ˈaɪənˌsaɪdz/
noun
1.
a person with great stamina or resistance
2.
an ironclad ship
3.
(often capital) (in the English Civil War)
  1. the cavalry regiment trained and commanded by Oliver Cromwell
  2. Cromwell's entire army

Ironside

/ˈaɪənˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
nickname of Edmund II of England See Edmund II
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Word Origin and History for ironsides

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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