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

  • Cornwallis, Charles. First Marquis and Second Earl Cornwallis. 1738-1805. British military and political leader who commanded forces in North Carolina during the American Revolution. His surrender at Yorktown in 1781 marked the final British defeat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The anniversary of the capture of General Cornwallis at York-town (Oct. 19, 1781), long observed as a holiday with parades, sham battles, etc.

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

  • n. commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)

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