1. pertaining to, resembling, or suggestive of Napoleon I, or, less often, Napoleon III, or their dynasty: the Napoleonic era; a Napoleonic attitude toward one's employees.

Origin of Napoleonic

First recorded in 1860–65; Napoleon + -ic
Related formsNa·po·le·on·i·cal·ly, adverbpost-Na·po·le·on·ic, adjectivepre-Na·po·le·on·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. relating to or characteristic of Napoleon I or his era
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