From French Louis, from Middle French Loïs, Loïc, &c., from Old French Looïs, Luis, Lodhwig, &c., from Latin Ludovicus, from Clodovicus, from Frankish *Hlūdawīg, from Proto-Germanic *hlūdaz (“loud; famous”) + *wīgą (“battle”). Doublet of Lewis and, more remotely, Aloysius, Luis, Ludwig, Luigi, and Clovis.
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈluː.i/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlu.ɪs/, /ˈlu.əs/
- Rhymes: -uːi, -uːɪs
- A male given name from French.
- 1849, Charlotte Brontë, chapter 36, in Shirley:
- "It is hardly a week since you called me your future husband, and treated me as such; now I am once more the tutor for you: I am addressed as Mr. Moore, and Sir; your lips have forgotten Louis."¶ "No, Louis, no: it is an easy, liquid name, not soon forgotten."
- (uncommon) A female given name
The anglicized pronunciations are typically used in US English, although the French pronunciation (with a long vowel and silent s) is often used in French names and places. The French pronunciation is the only one used in UK English.
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Louis (plural Louises)
- (historical numismatics) Alternative letter-case form of : various gold and silver coins issued by the French kings.
From Middle French Loïs, Loïc, from Old French Looïs, Luis, Lodhwig, from Latin Ludovicus < Clodovicus, from Frankish *Hlūdawīg, from Proto-Germanic *hlūdaz (“loud, famous”) + *wīgą (“battle”). Doublet of Ludovic, a borrowing, as well as Clovis. Romance cognates include Italian Luigi, Spanish Luis (taken from Old French). Compare also the Germanic cognates, Dutch Lodewijk, German Ludwig.
- → Armenian: Լուի (Lui)
- → Chinese: 路易 (Lùyì)
- → Dutch: Louis
- → German: Louis, Luis
- → Georgian: ლუი (lui)
- → Hebrew: לוּאִי (lúi)
- → Japanese: ルイ (Rui)
- → Russian: Луи́ (Luí)
- → Ukrainian: Луї (Luji)
- → Vietnamese: Luy
- (continental Normandy) A male given name