Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

Lesseps

[les-uh ps; French le-seps] /ˈlɛs əps; French lɛˈsɛps/
noun
1.
Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de
[fur-dn-and muh-ree,, vee-kawnt duh French, fer-dee-nahn ma-ree,, vee-kawnt duh] /ˈfɜr dnˌænd məˈri,, viˈkɔnt də French, fɛr diˈnɑ̃ maˈri,, vi kɔ̃t də/ (Show IPA),
1805–94, French engineer and diplomat: promoter of the Suez Canal.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for de lesseps
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Nothing is more untrue than the statement that he was, like de lesseps, only a contractor.

    James B. Eads Louis How
  • They were spending their money on de lesseps's fabulous scheme.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • The de lesseps enterprise was, therefore, doomed to failure.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • When Wyse returned to Paris he got de lesseps to head the project.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • By 1888 the confidence of the French people in de lesseps waned.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • de lesseps's tide-level project was rather an aspiration than a plan.

  • Certainly the character of de lesseps was not equal to the strain.

British Dictionary definitions for de lesseps

de Lesseps

/French də lɛsɛps/
noun
1.
Vicomte Ferdinand Marie (fɛrdinɑ̃ mari). 1805–94, French diplomat: directed the construction of the Suez Canal (1859–69) and the unsuccessful first attempt to build the Panama Canal (1881–89)

Lesseps

/ˈlɛsəps; French lɛsɛps/
noun
1.
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for de lesseps

Word Value for de

3
3
Scrabble Words With Friends