- 247–183 b.c., Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps and invaded Italy (son of Hamilcar Barca).
- a port in NE Missouri, on the Mississippi: Mark Twain's boyhood home.
Examples from the Web for hannibal
The New York Times ran a piece asking: “Has Hannibal Buress Changed the Way We Look at Bill Cosby?”How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account
December 1, 2014
Now when you Google “Bill Cosby,” you also come across Hannibal Buress, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and maybe others.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
To paraphrase the renegade philosopher Hannibal, I love it when science comes together.Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years
Matthew R. Francis
October 5, 2014
With such material, Hannibal Lecter might as well do the audio version.How the Tide Turned on Gay Marriage
June 20, 2014
There are two conflicting understandings of where Hannibal is left.Hugh Dancy on ‘Hannibal’s’ Brilliantly Batsh*t Finale and the Future of Will Graham
May 24, 2014
I can't think how she got Edward out of Hannibal's awful mouth!Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
Hannibal knew that, by the music, and he was almost trotting now.
What would the Romans have done, supposing Hannibal had cried?The Golden Age
Hannibal who fears not the gods, neither keeps faith with men.
The senators sent an embassy to treat with Hannibal, but no soldiers.
- 247–182 bc, Carthaginian general; son of Hamilcar Barca. He commanded the Carthaginian army in the Second Punic War (218–201). After capturing Sagunto in Spain, he invaded Italy (218), crossing the Alps with an army of about 40 000 men and defeating the Romans at Trasimene (217) and Cannae (216). In 203 he was recalled to defend Carthage and was defeated by Scipio at Zama (202). He was later forced into exile and committed suicide to avoid capture
Word Origin and History for hannibal
masc. proper name, name of the Carthaginian general who hounded Rome in the 2nd Punic War, Punic Hannibha'al, literally "my favor is with Baal;" first element related to Hebrew hanan "he was gracious, showed favor" (see Hannah).
A general from the ancient city of Carthage. During the second of the Punic Wars between Carthage and Rome, Hannibal took an army of more than 100,000, supported by elephants, from Spain into Italy in an effort to conquer Rome. The army had to cross the Alps, and this troop movement is still regarded as one of the greatest in history. Hannibal won several victories on this campaign but was not able to take Rome.