Definition of Ironsides in English:


proper noun

  • 1A nickname for Oliver Cromwell.

    1. 1.1[as plural noun](in the English Civil War) Cromwell's cavalry troopers, so called by their Royalist opponents in allusion to their hardiness in battle.
      • ‘In early 1645 the New Model Army was formed, based largely on the Ironsides, who continued as part of the new army.’
      • ‘Oliver Cromwell's steel-clad Ironsides crushed the Royalist troops of Charles I, the Iron Cross honoured German military valour, the Iron Curtain marked the boundary of cold war national alliances.’