from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A church built after 1744 as part of a Spanish mission in San Antonio, Texas, and converted to a fort in 1793. During the Texas Revolution against Mexican rule it was besieged (February 24 to March 6, 1836) by the Mexican army, who killed all 187 members of the Texas garrison.
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- proper n. An fort in San Antonio, Texas, USA, site of the Battle of the Alamo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Spanish name of the poplar-tree: applied in Texas and westward, as in Mexico, to species of the cottonwood (Populus).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
From Spanish álamo ("cottonwood tree"). (Wiktionary)