Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Corsican family, all brothers of Napoleon I, including Joseph (1768-1844), king of Naples (1806-1808) and Spain (1808-1813); Lucien (1775-1840), who disapproved of Napoleon's policies; Louis (1778-1846), who was king of Holland (1806-1810) and fought with Napoleon in Italy (1796-1797) and Egypt (1798-1799); and Jérôme (1784-1860), who was king of Westphalia (1807-1813), fought at Waterloo (1815), became marshal of France (1850), and was president of the senate under Napoleon III.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Corsican surname
  • proper n. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
  • proper n. The family of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • proper n. A former name for the island of Réunion

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)

Etymologies

From the Italian buonaparte composed of buona meaning good and parte, "part, share, portion" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As to the means of getting rid of Bonaparte, there is one, the issue of which cannot be doubtful: this is force: but the allies are unwilling to have recourse to it, unless in the last extremity; and they would have wished, _that M. Fouché could have found means of delivering France from Bonaparte_, without shedding fresh torrents of blood. "

    Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II

  • The ill-fated attempt by Napoleon III to make Maximilian emperor of Mexico had left Evarts, like many Americans, extremely uneasy about France and her aspirations in the Western Hemisphere and anything but trustful of anyone with the name Bonaparte, even so amiable a Bonaparte as Lieutenant Wyse.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • Able was I ere I saw Elba: On this day in 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte is banished to the tiny island of Elba.

    The Daily 2008 - Real Clear Politics – TIME.com

  • (For a good example of what can be done, check out the City of Topeka, Kansas, where former Plainfield City Administrator Norton Bonaparte is now City Manager.)

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • Napoleon Bonaparte is often quoted as saying you must never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

    Waldo Jaquith - Senator Webb.

  • I called Bonaparte, my head man, whom I trust fully.

    A Woman Rice Planter

  • When I got back I called Bonaparte and had him take off the board and put some strong wide pieces of leather across and then tack a sheepskin on top, and I will try it to-morrow.

    A Woman Rice Planter

  • I called Bonaparte at once and used what was left of the culture

    A Woman Rice Planter

  • The night I found them, after much diligence, I and my Brigadier, Barnard, got into a little sort of inn, kept by an old soldier disabled in Bonaparte's Italian campaigns.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

  • Not only did Josephine neglect to write to this "best husband in the world", as she herself called Bonaparte, but she spent many hours at Milan in conspicuous flirtations with young officers who were glad enough to pay her court.

    The Life Of Napoleon Bonaparte

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