(in a novel by Defoe) a mariner of York who is shipwrecked and lives adventurously for years on a small island.
(italics) the novel itself (1719).
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British Dictionary definitions for robinson crusoe
the hero of Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe (1719), who survived being shipwrecked on a desert island
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Word Origin and History for robinson crusoe
"man without companionship," 1768, from the eponymous hero of Daniel Defoe's fictional shipwreck narrative (1719).
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robinson crusoe in Culture
(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.
Robinson Crusoe has come to symbolize a person who has the strength and resourcefulness to thrive in isolation.
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