Louis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Proper noun[edit]

Louis

  1. A male given name from French.
    • 1849 Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, Chapter XXXVI:
      "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."
  2. (uncommon) A female given name

Usage notes[edit]

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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Descendants[edit]

  • Bengali: লুইস (luis)
  • Hawaiian: Lui
  • Maori: Ruihi, Rewi
  • Persian: لوئیس‎‎(Luis)

Translations[edit]

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Noun[edit]

Louis (plural Louises)

  1. (historical numismatics) Alternative letter-case form of louis: various gold and silver coins issued by the French kings.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French Louis. Doublet of Lodewijk.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /luˈi/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Lou‧is
  • Rhymes: -i

Proper noun[edit]

Louis m

  1. A male given name, variant of Lodewijk.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Louis m

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French Louis. Doublet of Ludwig.

Proper noun[edit]

Louis

  1. A male given name, variant of Ludwig.

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Frankish *Hlūdawīg; see German Ludwig for more information.

Proper noun[edit]

Louis m

  1. (continental Normandy) A male given name

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