Robinson Crusoe

[kroo-soh]
noun
  1. (in a novel by Defoe) a mariner of York who is shipwrecked and lives adventurously for years on a small island.
  2. (italics) the novel itself (1719).

Crusoe

[kroo-soh]
noun
  1. Robinson. Robinson Crusoe.
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British Dictionary definitions for robinson crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

noun
  1. the hero of Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe (1719), who survived being shipwrecked on a desert island

Crusoe

noun
  1. Robinson Crusoe See Robinson Crusoe
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Word Origin and History for robinson crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

"man without companionship," 1768, from the eponymous hero of Daniel Defoe's fictional shipwreck narrative (1719).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

robinson crusoe in Culture

Robinson Crusoe

(1719) A novel by the English author Daniel Defoe. Robinson Crusoe, an English sailor, is shipwrecked and cast ashore alone on an uninhabited island. With great ingenuity and energy, Crusoe sets out to civilize his surroundings: he clothes himself, grows crops, and builds and furnishes a house. Eventually, he has the company of his servant, Friday, a man he has saved from cannibals. Crusoe is finally rescued after spending twenty-eight years on the island.

Note

Robinson Crusoe has come to symbolize a person who has the strength and resourcefulness to thrive in isolation.
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