(person, proper) 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.
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.
A member of the Habsburg noble family.
Habsburg Sentence Examples
At length the hostility of the princes was overcome, and in December 1282 Rudolph invested his sons Albert and Rudolph with the duchies of Austria and Styria at Augsburg, and so laid the foundations of the greatness of the house of Habsburg.
He possessed many excellent qualities, bravery, piety and generosity; but his reign is memorable rather in the history of the house of Habsburg than in that of the kingdom of Germany.
In 1273 he was a candidate for the German crown, but was induced to support Rudolph, count of Habsburg, whose eldest daughter, Matilda, he married in this year.
On the 18th of August 1477, by his marriage at Ghent to Mary, who had just inherited Burgundy and the Netherlands from her father Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, he effected a union of great importance in the history of the house of Habsburg.