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or Haps·burg  (hăps′bûrg′, häps′bo͝ork′)
A royal German family that supplied rulers to a number of European states from the late Middle Ages until the 1900s. The Habsburgs reached the height of their power under Charles V of Spain. When Charles abdicated (1558), the empire split into the Spanish and Austrian lines. The Spanish branch ceased to rule after 1700 and the Austrian branch after 1918.


(Biography) the German name for Hapsburg


or Habs•burg

(ˈhæps bɜrg)

a German princely family, prominent since the 13th century, that has furnished sovereigns to the Holy Roman Empire, Austria, Spain, etc.
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Noun1.Habsburg - a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806Habsburg - a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806
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"
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According to historical sources, the House of Habsburg, or House of Austria, was one of the most influential royal houses of Europe.
36m) for silver screen siren Gina Lollobrigida's pearl earrings set with diamonds, said to have once been in the collection of the House of Habsburg, one of the most important royal families in Europe.
Thirdly, the 'partitioning' does not take place as a result of conspiracies, but often as a result of the disintegration of imperial configurations: We saw this with the Ottoman Empire, and the empire of Austria-Hungary under the House of Habsburg, and then with the partitioning of India and the emergence of Pakistan in 1947 (after, and not before, independence from Britain).
Miss Lollobrigida was informed when she purchased these exceptional pearls that they were formerly in the collections of the House of Habsburg.
The House of Habsburg, also known as House of Austria, is one of the most important royal houses of Europe and is best known for being the source off all formally elected Holy Roman Emperors between 1438 and 1740, as well as rulers of the Austrian Empire and Spanish Empire and several other countries.
We meet a Danish-speaking German, reluctant to go to war for a country whose mother tongue he did not share; a young New Yorker deciding to run away from home to enlist in Italy together with 500 other Italian-Americans; and a Canadian in what is today Poland, whose husband was a subject of the Russian Czar, her children of the House of Habsburg, and herself, of the British crown.