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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Beethoven
  1. Ludwig van Beethoven, a renowned German composer, born 1770, died 1827.
    synonyms: van Beethoven.
  2. the music of Beethoven.He enjoyed Beethoven most of all.
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  1. The music of Beethoven ("he enjoyed Beethoven most of all")
  2. German composer of instrumental music (especially symphonic and chamber music); continued to compose after he lost his hearing (1770-1827)

Borrowing from German.

  1. A surname, usually applying to Ludwig van Beethoven.

Beethoven was also found in the following language(s): German and Hungarian

Notable Persons Named Beethoven

Michael V. is a pop music, music of the philippines, pinoy hip hop, novelty song, and parody music singing, actor, comedian, television presenter, and writer. He was most active from 1990 to present. Michael was given the name Beethoven del Valle Bunagan on December 17th, 1969 in Malate, Manila.




Notable Persons With the Last Name Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a composer and pianist. He holds the title Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, Für Elise, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, and Op. 111. Ludwig was born in Bonn. He left this life on March 26th, 1827.


Johanna was born in 1786. She died in 1869.


Kaspar was born on April 8th, 1774 in Bonn. He passed away on November 15th, 1815.


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Fun Facts about the name Beethoven

  • When was the first name Beethoven first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Beethoven is Monday, October 11th, 1909.
  • How unique is the name Beethoven? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Beethoven. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Beethoven: Your name in reverse order is Nevohteeb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enbvoheet. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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