Gulliver's Travels

[ guhl-uh-verz ]
/ ˈgʌl ə vərz /


a social and political satire (1726) by Jonathan Swift, narrating the voyages of Lemuel Gulliver to four imaginary regions: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the land of the Houyhnhnms. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Cultural definitions for gulliver's travels

Gulliver's Travels

(1726) A satire by Jonathan Swift. Lemuel Gulliver, an Englishman, travels to exotic lands, including Lilliput (where the people are six inches tall), Brobdingnag (where the people are seventy feet tall), and the land of the Houyhnhnms (where horses are the intelligent beings, and humans, called Yahoos, are mute brutes of labor).

notes for Gulliver's Travels

Probably the most famous image from this book is of the tiny Lilliputians having tied down the sleeping giant, Gulliver.
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