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Robinson Crusoe

[kroo-soh] /ˈkru soʊ/
noun
1.
(in a novel by Defoe) a mariner of York who is shipwrecked and lives adventurously for years on a small island.
2.
(italics) the novel itself (1719).

Crusoe

[kroo-soh] /ˈkru soʊ/
noun
1.
Robinson, Robinson Crusoe.
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  • An individual, whom I recognised as the Robinson Crusoe coachman, admitted us to a hall, the like of which one does not often see.

  • The type of this species of fiction is Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe."

  • When "Robinson Crusoe" had attained celebrity, Defoe claimed that it was an allegory of his own life.

  • In like manner the story of Robinson Crusoe is that of a sea-faring people.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • It looked like a bit of Robinson Crusoe's castle—perhaps even more like a portion of some deserted fortress.

    Records of a Girlhood Frances Ann Kemble
  • For a voluntary Robinson Crusoe, it would be the very ideal of its kind!

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • “Kind of a Robinson Crusoe place,” and he gave a short laugh.

British Dictionary definitions for Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

noun
1.
the hero of Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe (1719), who survived being shipwrecked on a desert island

Crusoe

/ˈkruːsəʊ; -zəʊ/
noun
1.
Robinson Crusoe, See Robinson Crusoe
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Word Origin and History for Robinson Crusoe

"man without companionship," 1768, from the eponymous hero of Daniel Defoe's fictional shipwreck narrative (1719).

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Robinson Crusoe in Culture

Robinson Crusoe definition


(1719) A novel by the English author Daniel Defoe. Robinson Crusoe, an English sailor, is shipwrecked and cast ashore alone on an uninhabited island. With great ingenuity and energy, Crusoe sets out to civilize his surroundings: he clothes himself, grows crops, and builds and furnishes a house. Eventually, he has the company of his servant, Friday, a man he has saved from cannibals. Crusoe is finally rescued after spending twenty-eight years on the island.

Note: Robinson Crusoe has come to symbolize a person who has the strength and resourcefulness to thrive in isolation.
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