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  • proper n. A male given name, best known for a 13th century king of Spain, but never popular in English.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the king of Castile and Aragon who ruled jointly with his wife Isabella; his marriage to Isabella I in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain and their capture of Granada from the Moors in 1492 united Spain as one country; they instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (1452-1516)

Etymologies

Contraction of Spanish Ferdinando, from Germanic farð "journey" or frið "peace" + nand "ready, prepared". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Near the eastern end of this range it will be remembered I had formerly discovered a large watercourse, with a fine spring running along its bed, which I called the Ferdinand; here we encamped again.

    Australia Twice Traversed, Illustrated,

  • A devout Christian, Ferdinand is also responsible for the Spanish Inquisition, in which Muslims in the state of Granada and Jews were targeted.

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  • He will have to come to a conclusion shortly now that Rio Ferdinand is fit again to resume those duties if asked.

    Returning Rio Ferdinand ready to answer England captaincy question

  • Prior to the speech he had instructed a select team of Egyptian commandos to occupy the offices of the British- and French-owned Suez Canal the moment they heard him speak the name of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the Frenchman who won the initial concession for building the Canal in 1855.

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

  • One ill-advised, briefcase-swinging charge at a tormentor had earned me forever the nickname Ferdinand the Bull, soon shortened to Ferd the Nerd.

    LIGHT FINGERS

  • Franz Ferdinand is one of my new favorites ... they were at Bonnaroo and so was the White Stripes!

    I'm back

  • Sister Jeana Visel, a 27-year-old who joined the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Ind., said, "There is a real yearning for a sense of community these days among people in general," Visel says.

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  • Ferdinand from the despair into which his dreadful situation plunged him.

    Ferdinando Eboli

  • Ferdinand is one of the top guards in the country.

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  • In 1913 Berchtold had to tell Conrad, 'The Archduke Franz Ferdinand is absolutely against war.'

    Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: Part IV

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  • In Tom Stoppard's play Rock 'n' Roll, "one of the characters, a Czech writer, is named Ferdinand as an homage to Václav Havel. Havel wrote three plays with a protagonist named Ferdinand Vaněk, a stand-in for Havel himself. These plays were distributed by samizdat and became a symbol of the resistance. A number of Havel's friends then wrote their own plays with Ferdinand Vaněk. Stoppard continues in that tradition."

    --from Wikipedia

    February 27, 2011