- a village in central Belgium, south of Brussels: Napoleon decisively defeated here on June 18, 1815.
- a decisive or crushing defeat: The candidate met her Waterloo in the national elections.
- a city in E Iowa.
- a city in SE Ontario, in S Canada.
Examples from the Web for waterloo
In one corner is Democrat Bruce Braley, a four-term congressman from the industrial city of Waterloo.The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever
July 22, 2014
The midseason finale of Mad Men, titled “Waterloo,” opened with Apollo 11 taking off toward the moon.
“Waterloo” closes with a predictable ode to Robert Morse, the 83-year-old actor who played the late Bert Cooper.
Betting everything on a “Waterloo” campaign to smash the Obama presidency was simply reckless.Getting It Right on Obamacare
October 31, 2013
Following the famous defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled once more—this time to an island much further away.The French Revolution for Dummies (and ‘Les Misérables’ Watchers)
December 24, 2012
Ned thought this occurred at Waterloo, but the sister thinks not.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I had only an hour for all my preparations and the drive to Waterloo.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
On them were engraved in gilt letters, "The Peninsula" and "Waterloo."The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence
There he was met by another Englishman by the name of Wellington who introduced him to Waterloo.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
Their country had been the cockpit of Europe from the time of Csar until Waterloo.
- a small town in central Belgium, in Walloon Brabant province south of Brussels: battle (1815) fought nearby in which British and Prussian forces under the Duke of Wellington and Blücher routed the French under Napoleon. Pop: 29 003 (2004 est)
- a total or crushing defeat (esp in meet one's Waterloo)
Word Origin and History for waterloo
battle took place June 18, 1815, at village near Brussels; extended sense of "a final, crushing defeat" is first attested 1816 in letter of Lord Byron. The second element in the place name is from Flemish loo "sacred wood."
Idioms and Phrases with waterloo
see meet one's waterloo.