name of a European dynasty (1278-1918) that ruled the former kingdom of Austria from 1278 and, subsequently, the Holy Roman Empire (1438-1806), Spain (1516-1700), and Austria-Hungary (1867-1918)
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.
- An Alpine castle in Aargau canton, northern Switzerland.
- A Swabian noble family named after it, which became the ruling (hereditary) dynasty of Austria, at times other countries (mainly in Iberia and the former Burgundian territories) and supplied successive (elected) emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.
NounSee also: Hapsburg
- a member of the Habsburg noble family