3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ironsides \I"ron*sides"\, noun A cuirassier or cuirassiers; also, hardy veteran soldiers; -- applied specifically to Cromwell's cavalry.

{Old Ironsides}. (U. S. Hist.) A nickname for the U.S.S. Constitution, a sailing ship which fought in the American Revolutionary war, and now functions as a floating museum in Boston harbor. It was given its nickname because cannonballs bounced off its hard wooden sides. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ironside \I"ron*side'\, Ironsides \I"ron*sides'\, prop. n.

1. A nickname for Oliver Cromwell. [PJC]

2. A nickname for Edmund II of England. --RHUD [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: English general and statesman who led the parliamentary army in the English Civil War (1599-1658) [syn: {Cromwell}, {Oliver Cromwell}, {Ironsides}]

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