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Buffalo Bill

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[koh-dee] /ˈkoʊ di/
noun
1.
William Frederick ("Buffalo Bill") 1846–1917, U.S. Army scout and showman.
2.
a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for Buffalo Bill
Contemporary Examples
  • The following day, a goat was delivered to Altman on the set of Buffalo Bill and the Indians, interrupting the filming.

  • I had dinner one evening with Paul and Robert Altman, who had directed him in Buffalo Bill and the Indians.

Historical Examples
  • It was in this period that he received the sobriquet "Buffalo Bill."

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • I was on my way there to see Buffalo Bill, when I saw you coming, sir.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • "He rides like Buffalo Bill," said Browning, with an effort.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
  • He took me to see Buffalo Bill, the Indian fighter, one day.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • Buffalo Bill has since figured in one of Buntline's Indian romances.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • Buffalo Bill gave us quite an insight into some of the mysteries of plain craft.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • Well do I remember my introduction to the name of Buffalo Bill.

    The Indians' Last Fight

    Dennis Collins
  • "I was a spy once—with Buffalo Bill," said Lightnin', conversationally.

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill

noun
1.
nickname of William Frederick Cody. 1846–1917, US showman who toured Europe and the US with his famous Wild West Show

Cody

/ˈkəʊdɪ/
noun
1.
William Frederick. the real name of Buffalo Bill
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Buffalo Bill in Culture

Buffalo Bill definition


William F. Cody, an American adventurer, soldier, and showman of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His popular “Wild West Show,” begun in the 1880s, featured acts such as the marksmanship of Annie Oakley, mock battles between Native Americans and army troops, and breathtaking displays of cowboy skills and horsemanship. It toured the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Note: Buffalo Bill's “Wild West Show” was a major influence in the creation of the popular image of the romantic and exciting old West.

Buffalo Bill definition


William F. Cody, a frontier settler, scout, and soldier of the nineteenth century. He was involved in several military actions against Native Americans and later turned to entertainment, founding the celebrated “Wild West Show.” (See also under “Fine Arts.”)

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