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 (hō′ən-zŏl′ərn, -tsôl′-)
German royal family who ruled Brandenburg from 1415 and later extended their control to Prussia (1525). Under Frederick I (ruled 1701-1713) the family's possessions were unified as the kingdom of Prussia. From 1871 to 1918 Hohenzollern monarchs ruled the German Empire.


(ˈhəʊənˌzɒlən; German hoːənˈtsɔlərn)
(Biography) a German noble family, the younger (Franconian) branch of which provided rulers of Brandenburg (1417–1701) and Prussia (1701–1918). The last kings of Prussia (1871–1918) were also emperors of Germany


(ˈhoʊ ənˌzɒl ərn)

a member of the German royal family that ruled in Brandenburg, Prussia, and Germany 1415–1918.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hohenzollern - a German noble family that ruled Brandenburg and PrussiaHohenzollern - a German noble family that ruled Brandenburg and Prussia
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
Frederick I - son of Frederick William who in 1701 became the first king of Prussia (1657-1713)
Frederick William, Great Elector - the Elector of Brandenburg who rebuilt his domain after its destruction during the Thirty Years' War (1620-1688)
Frederick William I - son of Frederick I who became king of Prussia in 1713; reformed and strengthened the Prussian army (1688-1740)
Frederick William II - king of Prussia who became involved in a costly war with France (1744-1797)
Frederick William III - king of Prussia who became involved in the Napoleonic Wars (1770-1840)
Frederick William IV - king of Prussia who violently suppressed democratic movements (1795-1865)
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The Zeppelin circled slowly over this scene twice while the Prince surveyed it from the swinging gallery; it then rose towards the centre of the crescent and transferred the Prince and his suite, Kurt included, to the Hohenzollern, which had been chosen as the flagship during the impending battle.
He started off with a bright air of knowing his way and turned a corner or so, and was only beginning to suspect that he did not know where he was going when his attention was recalled to the sky by the report of a gun from the Hohenzollern and celestial cheering.
Only one little knot of four Germans and perhaps a dozen Asiatics remained fighting about the Hohenzollern and the Prince as he circled in a last attempt to save Niagara.
Two of the Germans swooped and rose again, but the Hohenzollern had suffered too much for that.
It seemed for a time that the Hohenzollern must needs break her back upon the Parting of the Waters, and then for a time her propeller flopped and frothed in the river and thrust the mass of buckling, crumpled wreckage towards the American shore.
The members of the West Wind's dynasty are modified in a way by the regions they rule, as a Hohenzollern, without ceasing to be himself, becomes a Roumanian by virtue of his throne, or a Saxe-Coburg learns to put the dress of Bulgarian phrases upon his particular thoughts, whatever they are.
In the Great War of 1914-18, the Hapsburgs and Hohenzollerns, the Romanovs and Ottomans, all went down.
It was the second war started by Germany (meaning the hegemonic Hohenzollerns from the north of Germany who had this warlike spirit) and they had started three wars in one century.
Furthermore, it was feared that the Austrian-German liberals might turn their loyalties from the Habsburgs to the Hohenzollerns if the Czechs won equal rights.
Among the 13 topics discused are maintenance regulations and sibling relation in the high nobility of Late Medieval Germany, succession and inheritance problems and solutions among the Hohenzollerns from the Great Elector to Frederick the Great, murder and incest in Scottish ballads, and making and remaking the early Victorian family.
Catherine the Great in Russia, the Hohenzollerns in Prussia, and the Habsburgs in Austria feared that their days might be numbered if the Polish-style Golden Freedom of the magnates were to spread to their countries.
It is impossible to relate the account without including the rise and demise of both the Hohenzollerns and National Socialism, but there is much more to the story.