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Horatio Alger

of or characteristic of the heroes in the novels of Horatio Alger, who begin life in poverty and achieve success and wealth through honesty, hard work, and virtuous behavior:
the Horatio Alger story of his rise in the business world.
Origin of Horatio Alger
First recorded in 1920-25


[al-jer] /ˈæl dʒər/
Horatio, Jr. 1834–99, U.S. novelist: author of a series of books for boys.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is one of the last stories penned by that prince of all juvenile writers, Horatio Alger, Jr., and is one of his best.

  • What a pleasant sound the name of Horatio Alger, Jr., has to boys who read clean, wholesome stories of adventure!

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • This low-priced series of books comprises the most popular stories ever written by Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • Of course no one ever really made a speech like that to himself, even in the Horatio Alger books.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for Horatio Alger


Horatio. 1834–99, US author of adventure stories for boys, including Ragged Dick (1867)
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
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