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.
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- 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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"Cornwallis" is increasingly figured forth by his coat of arms and the buildings become the surfaces on which
American experience in Cornwallis's correspondence on
Cornwallis is desolate, alone and dispossessed; a figure not unlike Samson who is in desperate need of recuperation.
Some of them will be coming to our new peace-keeping training centre that we have established in Cornwallis in Nova Scotia.
The wells to be drilled in Cornwallis Island this summer will therefore be followed with the greatest interest.
There he fell upon the British reinforcements, who were marching to join Cornwallis at Trenton, and put them to flight.
He was given responsibility for drafting the judicial regulations, known as the Cornwallis code.
The boats of Kościuszko's devising contributed to the saving of Greene's army in that wonderful retreat from Cornwallis, which is among the finest exploits of the War of Independence.
Stewart, who was torpedoed in H.M.S. "Cornwallis" in the Mediterranean in 1917.
"It is indeed a wonderful birthday surprise, my dear boy," she said smilingly, "and I am proud of you," and she hurried forward to greet and welcome her friends, while Gilbert ran to summon "Cornwallis" to be ready for the first act.