(italics) a U.S. frigate boarded in 1807 by the British, who removed part of its crew and impressed some members into British service: captured by the British in naval battle near Boston in 1813.
a city in SE Virginia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chesapeake

Contemporary Examples of chesapeake

Historical Examples of chesapeake

  • We are crossing the Chesapeake now, and things may start to happen at any moment.

    The Great Drought

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • He was, however, to make proper reparation for the Chesapeake affair.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • In the opinion of the American public, the President had avenged the Chesapeake.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • He reached Chesapeake Bay, but did not enter it, as the weather was stormy.

  • It includes the peninsula formed by the Chesapeake bay and James river.

Word Origin and History for chesapeake


from an Algonquian language, perhaps literally "great shellfish bay." Early spellings include Chesepiooc and Chesupioc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper