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Walpole

[wawl-pohl, wol-] /ˈwɔlˌpoʊl, ˈwɒl-/
noun
1.
Horace, 4th Earl of Orford
[awr-ferd] /ˈɔr fərd/ (Show IPA),
(Horatio Walpole) 1717–97, English novelist and essayist (son of Sir Robert Walpole).
2.
Sir Hugh Seymour, 1884–1941, English novelist, born in New Zealand.
3.
Sir Robert, 1st Earl of Orford
[awr-ferd] /ˈɔr fərd/ (Show IPA),
1676–1745, British statesman: prime minister 1715–17; 1721–42.
4.
a city in E Massachusetts.
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  • It is better still in the letter from Walpole to General Conway in chap.

  • "Catched" is good enough eighteenth-century for Johnson and Walpole.

  • Permitted the whigs in general, and one Walpole in particular, to run England.

  • And Walpole looked at his watch, and saw it was already past five o'clock.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Mr. Walpole sings charmingly, Kate, and is very obliging about it—at least he used to be.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Walpole tried to smile and say something, but no sound came forth.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Walpole had adopted Atlee because he found him useful in a variety of ways.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • And this was an inferiority Walpole loved to cherish and was pleased to think over.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
British Dictionary definitions for Walpole

Walpole

/ˈwɔːlˌpəʊl/
noun
1.
Horace, 4th Earl of Orford. 1717–97, British writer, noted for his letters and for his delight in the Gothic, as seen in his house Strawberry Hill and his novel The Castle of Otranto (1764)
2.
Sir Hugh (Seymour). 1884–1941, British novelist, born in New Zealand: best known for The Herries Chronicle (1930–33), a sequence of historical novels set in the Lake District
3.
Sir Robert, 1st Earl of Orford. 1676–1745, English Whig statesman. As first lord of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1721–42) he was effectively Britain's first prime minister
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