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Napoleon Bonapartethe Little Corporal, 1769–1821, French general born in Corsica: emperor of France 1804–15.

Definition for napoleon bonaparte (2 of 2)

[ boh-nuh-pahrt; French baw-na-part ]
/ ˈboʊ nəˌpɑrt; French bɔ naˈpart /


Italian Buonaparte.


Bo·na·par·te·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for napoleon bonaparte (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbəʊnəˌpɑːt, French bɔnapart) /


Jérôme (ʒerom), brother of Napoleon I. 1784–1860, king of Westphalia (1807–13)
Joseph (ʒozɛf), brother of Napoleon I. 1768–1844, king of Naples (1806–08) and of Spain (1808–13)
Louis (lwi), brother of Napoleon I. 1778–1846, king of Holland (1806–10)
Lucien (lysjɛ̃), brother of Napoleon I. 1775–1840, prince of Canino

British Dictionary definitions for napoleon bonaparte (2 of 2)

Napoleon I
/ (nəˈpəʊlɪən) /


full name Napoleon Bonaparte. 1769–1821, Emperor of the French (1804–15). He came to power as the result of a coup in 1799 and established an extensive European empire. A brilliant general, he defeated every European coalition against him until, irreparably weakened by the Peninsular War and the Russian campaign (1812), his armies were defeated at Leipzig (1813). He went into exile but escaped and ruled as emperor during the Hundred Days. He was finally defeated at Waterloo (1815). As an administrator, his achievements were of lasting significance and include the Code Napoléon, which remains the basis of French law
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Cultural definitions for napoleon bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte
[ (boh-nuh-pahrt) ]

A French general, political leader, and emperor of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Bonaparte rose swiftly through the ranks of army and government during and after the French Revolution and crowned himself emperor in 1804. He conquered much of Europe but lost two-thirds of his army in a disastrous invasion of Russia. After his final loss to Britain and Prussia at the Battle of Waterloo, he was exiled to the island of St. Helena in the south Atlantic Ocean.

notes for Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon's name is often connected with overreaching military ambition and delusions of grandeur.

notes for Napoleon Bonaparte

Because Napoleon was short, overly aggressive men of short stature are sometimes said to have a “Napoleon complex.”
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