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Louis XIV

("the Great"; "the Sun King") 1638–1715, king of France 1643–1715 (son of Louis XIII). Unabridged
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  • Is the sun king of the hours, the days, the months, and the years?

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • We, the people of the twentieth century, are still surrounded by the memories of the glorious age of the sun king.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • He looked quizzically at the heroic features of the sun king and walked off laughing.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
British Dictionary definitions for sun king

Sun King

the. An epithet of Louis XIV

Louis XIV

known as le roi soleil (the Sun King). 1638–1715, king of France (1643–1715); son of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Effective ruler from 1661, he established an absolute monarchy. His attempt to establish French supremacy in Europe, waging almost continual wars from 1667 to 1714, ultimately failed. But his reign is regarded as a golden age of French literature and art
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Sun King definition

A nickname for Louis xiv that captures the magnificence of his court and of the Palace of Versailles, which he built. Louis himself adopted the sun as his emblem.

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”).

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