j. louis

Louis

[loo-is or for 2, loo-ee] .
noun
1.
Joe (Joseph Louis Barrow) 1914–81, U.S. boxer: world heavyweight champion 1937–49.
2.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “loud battle.”
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louis (ˈluːɪ, French lwi)
 
n , pl louis
short for louis d'or

Louis (ˈluːɪs)
 
n
Joe, real name Joseph Louis Barrow, nicknamed the Brown Bomber. 1914--81, US boxer; world heavyweight champion (1937--49)

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Louis
masc. proper name, from Fr. Louis, from O.Fr. Loois, probably via M.L. Ludovicus from O.H.G. Hluodowig (Ger. Ludwig), lit. "famous in war," from P.Gmc. *hluda- "heard of, famous" (see loud) + *wiga "war." Louis Quatorze (1855) refers to styles reminiscent of the time of King
Louis XIV of France (1643-1715).
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Louis XIV [(looh-ee)]

A king of France in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Louis was known as the Sun King for his power and splendor. By inviting French nobles to live in luxury at his palace at Versailles, he removed them as threats and greatly increased his own power. He is known for saying, “L'état, c'est moi” (“I am the state”).

Louis XVI [(looh-ee)]

The last king of France before the French Revolution; the husband of Marie Antoinette. He at first accepted a change from absolute monarchy (see ancien régime) to constitutional monarchy in France. Then he tried to flee the country and was brought back a prisoner. Radicals, including the Jacobins, assumed control of the revolution and had Louis and Marie Antoinette beheaded for treason.

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