Ironsides

Definition of Ironsides

I´ron`sides´
n.1.A cuirassier or cuirassiers; also, hardy veteran soldiers; - applied specifically to Cromwell's cavalry.
Old Ironsides
(U. S. Hist.) A nickname for the U.S.S. Constitution, a sailing ship which fought in the American Revolutionary war, and now functions as a floating museum in Boston harbor. It was given its nickname because cannonballs bounced off its hard wooden sides.

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Cromwell, full general, general, national leader, Oliver Cromwell, solon, statesman
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