masc. proper name, from French Louis, from Old French Loois, probably via Medieval Latin Ludovicus, a Latinization of Old High German Hluodowig, literally "famous in war" (cognate with Clovis; for etymology see Ludwig).

As the name of a French gold coin 17c.-18c., short for Louis d'or, from the French kings of that name (originally Louis XIII) pictured on the coins. Louis-Quatorze (1855) refers to styles reminiscent of the time of King Louis XIV of France (1643-1715).

updated on October 10, 2017

Definitions of Louis from WordNet

Louis (n.)
United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion for 12 years (1914-1981);
Synonyms: Joe Louis / Joseph Louis Barrow
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