[ mynkh-hou-zuh n ]
/ ˈmünxˌhaʊ zən /


Karl Friedrich Hi·e·ro·ny·mus [kahrl free-drikh hee-ey-roh-ny-moo s] /kɑrl ˈfri drɪx ˌhi eɪˈroʊ nüˌmʊs/, Baron von [fuh n] /fən/, 1720–97, German soldier, adventurer, and teller of tales.

English Mun·chau·sen [muhn-chou-zuh n, muhnch-hou-, muhn-chaw-] /ˈmʌnˌtʃaʊ zən, ˈmʌntʃˌhaʊ-, mʌnˈtʃɔ-/.

Related formsMun·chau·sen·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for munchausen


/ (German ˈmynçhauzən) /


an exaggerated story
a person who tells such a story

Word Origin for Munchausen

C19: after Baron Münchhausen, subject of a series of exaggerated adventure tales written in English by R. E. Raspe (1737–94)

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Word Origin and History for munchausen


in reference to unbelievable stories (1850) is in reference to Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Münchhausen (1720-1797), German adventurer who served in the Russian army against the Turks; wildly exaggerated exploits attributed to him are told in the 1785 English book "Baron Munchausen, Narrative of his Marvellous Travels," written by Rudolph Erich Raspe (1734-1794). As a syndrome involving feigned dramatic illness, it is attested from 1951.

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