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WATERLOO

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Waterloo mean? 

WATERLOO (noun)
  The noun WATERLOO has 3 senses:

1. a town in central Belgium where in 1815 Napoleon met his final defeat
2. a final crushing defeat
3. the battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon

  Familiarity information: WATERLOO used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WATERLOO (noun)


Sense 1Waterloo [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A town in central Belgium where in 1815 Napoleon met his final defeat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Instance hypernyms:

town (an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city)

Holonyms ("Waterloo" is a part of...):

Belgique; Belgium; Kingdom of Belgium (a monarchy in northwestern Europe; headquarters for the European Union and for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization)


Sense 2waterloo [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A final crushing defeat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

he met his waterloo

Hypernyms ("waterloo" is a kind of...):

defeat; licking (an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest)


Sense 3Waterloo [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

Battle of Waterloo; Waterloo

Instance hypernyms:

pitched battle (a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place)

Domain region:

Belgique; Belgium; Kingdom of Belgium (a monarchy in northwestern Europe; headquarters for the European Union and for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

Holonyms ("Waterloo" is a part of...):

Napoleonic Wars (a series of wars fought between France (led by Napoleon Bonaparte) and alliances involving England and Prussia and Russia and Austria at different times; 1799-1815)


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