joe louis


  1. JoeJoseph Louis Barrow, 1914–81, U.S. boxer: world heavyweight champion 1937–49.
  2. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “loud battle.”

noun plural louis (ˈluːɪz, French lwi)

  1. short for louis d’or


  1. Joe, real name Joseph Louis Barrow, nicknamed the Brown Bomber. 1914–81, US boxer; world heavyweight champion (1937–49)

masc. proper name, from French Louis, from Old French Loois, probably via Medieval Latin Ludovicus, a Latinization of Old High German Hluodowig, literally “famous in war” (cf. Clovis; for etymology, see Ludwig). Louis Quatorze (1855) refers to styles reminiscent of the time of King Louis XIV of France (1643-1715).

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