of or characteristic of the heroes in the novels of Horatio Alger, who begin life in poverty and achieve success and wealth through honesty, hard work, and virtuous behavior: the Horatio Alger story of his rise in the business world.
Origin of Horatio Alger
First recorded in 1920–25
Definition for horatio alger (2 of 2)
[ al-jer ]
/ ˈæl dʒər /
Horatio, Jr.,1834–99, U.S. novelist: author of a series of books for boys.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for horatio alger
/ (ˈældʒə) /
Horatio. 1834–99, US author of adventure stories for boys, including Ragged Dick (1867)
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