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Definitions for gladstone
ˈglædˌstoʊn, -stən; ˈyu ərtglad·stone

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gladstone, William Gladstone, William Ewart Gladstonenoun

    liberal British statesman who served as prime minister four times (1809-1898)

  2. portmanteau, Gladstone, Gladstone bagnoun

    a large travelling bag made of stiff leather


  1. Gladstonenoun

    from the place in Lanarkshire.

  2. Gladstonenoun

    Any of several other places of the same name.

  3. Gladstonenoun

    William Ewart Gladstone, British Prime Minister.


  1. gladstone

    William Ewart Gladstone ( GLAD-stən; 29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898) was a British statesman and Liberal politician. In a career lasting over 60 years, he served for 12 years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, spread over four non-consecutive terms (the most of any British prime minister) beginning in 1868 and ending in 1894. He also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer four times, serving over 12 years. Gladstone was born in Liverpool to Scottish parents. He first entered the House of Commons in 1832, beginning his political career as a High Tory, a grouping which became the Conservative Party under Robert Peel in 1834. Gladstone served as a minister in both of Peel's governments, and in 1846 joined the breakaway Peelite faction, which eventually merged into the new Liberal Party in 1859. He was chancellor under Lord Aberdeen (1852–1855), Lord Palmerston (1859–1865) and Lord Russell (1865–1866). Gladstone's own political doctrine—which emphasised equality of opportunity and opposition to trade protectionism—came to be known as Gladstonian liberalism. His popularity amongst the working-class earned him the sobriquet "The People's William". In 1868, Gladstone became prime minister for the first time. Many reforms were passed during his first ministry, including the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland and the introduction of secret voting. After electoral defeat in 1874, Gladstone resigned as leader of the Liberal Party. From 1876 he began a comeback based on opposition to the Ottoman Empire's reaction to the Bulgarian April Uprising. His Midlothian Campaign of 1879–1880 was an early example of many modern political campaigning techniques. After the 1880 general election, Gladstone formed his second ministry (1880–1885), which saw the passage of the Third Reform Act as well as crises in Egypt (culminating in the Fall of Khartoum) and Ireland, where his government passed repressive measures but also improved the legal rights of Irish tenant farmers. Back in office in early 1886, Gladstone proposed home rule for Ireland but was defeated in the House of Commons. The resulting split in the Liberal Party helped keep them out of office—with one short break—for 20 years. Gladstone formed his last government in 1892, at the age of 82. The Government of Ireland Bill 1893 passed through the Commons but was defeated in the House of Lords in 1893, after which Irish Home Rule became a lesser part of his party's agenda. Gladstone left office in March 1894, aged 84, as both the oldest person to serve as Prime Minister and the only prime minister to have served four non-consecutive terms. He left Parliament in 1895 and died three years later. Gladstone was known affectionately by his supporters as "The People's William" or the "G.O.M." ("Grand Old Man", or, to political rivals "God's Only Mistake"). Historians often call him one of Britain's greatest leaders.


  1. gladstone

    Gladstone is a city located in the state of Queensland in Australia, known for its significant industrial sector and natural deepwater harbor. It is also recognized for being the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Furthermore, "Gladstone" is a surname of Scottish origin and was famously borne by William Ewart Gladstone, a prominent 19th-century British statesman and prime minister. In addition, a Gladstone bag is a type of luggage that was originally designed in the mid-19th century and is notable for its rigid structure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gladstonenoun

    a four-wheeled pleasure carriage with two inside seats, calash top, and seats for driver and footman

  2. Etymology: [Named after Wm. E. Gladstone.]


  1. Gladstone

    Gladstone is an Australian city approximately 550 kilometres by road north of Brisbane and 100 kilometres south-east of Rockhampton. Situated between the Calliope and Boyne Rivers, Gladstone is home to Queensland's largest multi-commodity port. The city's population at the 2006 Census was 28,808, of whom 3.7 percent are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin. The City of Gladstone contains a land area of 128 square kilometres. In addition to the mainland area, the Local Authority Area contains fourteen islands. The Gladstone Regional Council, formed in 2008, amalgamates multiple previous local government areas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gladstone

    glad′ston, n. a four-wheeled two-seated carriage with driver's seat and dickey: a kind of light travelling-bag, opening wide. [From the great statesman, W. E. Gladstone (1809-98).]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gladstone is ranked #12724 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gladstone surname appeared 2,426 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Gladstone.

    88.5% or 2,148 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 125 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 51 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 42 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 39 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gladstone in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gladstone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of gladstone in a Sentence

  1. Paul Pittman:

    If someone figures out how to get spinach from Mexico to the U.S. cheaper - when we know that growing costs will be half of what it is here - then it will crush (Gladstone's) portfolio.

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