from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • British ruling family (1714-1901). When Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the crowns of Hanover and Great Britain were separated.
  • A former kingdom and province of northwest Germany. It was an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire from 1692 to 1805. The kingdom lasted from 1815 to 1866, when Hanover became a province of Prussia (later Germany).
  • A city of northwest Germany southeast of Bremen. Chartered in 1241, it became part of the Hanseatic League in 1386. Hanover was badly damaged during World War II but has been extensively rebuilt. Population: 516,000.

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  • proper n. British family that ruled from 1714 to 1901, more commonly known as the Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods.
  • proper n. A city of northwest Germany, capital of Lower Saxony.
  • proper n. The former Kingdom of Hanover, now part of Lower Saxony, Germany.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the English royal house that reigned from 1714 to 1901.

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

  • n. the English royal house that reigned from 1714 to 1901 (from George I to Victoria)
  • n. a port city in northwestern Germany; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League


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  • (adjective/adverb) - Used in a variety of expressions. A Hanover job is a disagreeable job. To play Hanover is to do mischief. We also say, "I wonder how the Hanover she done it," and, "Go to Hanover." The origin is no doubt the unpopularity of the Hanover succession beginning in 1714 with England's Prussian-born king, George I which was strongly resented in the eastern counties.

    --Edward Gepp's Essex Dialect Dictionary, 1923

    January 14, 2018