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

  • Walpole, Horace or Horatio. Fourth Earl of Orford. 1717-1797. British writer and historian whose correspondence and memoirs provide valuable information about his era. He wrote The Castle of Otranto (1764), considered the first Gothic novel in English.
  • Walpole, Sir Robert. First Earl of Orford. 1676-1745. English politician who as first lord of the treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1715-1717 and 1721-1742) led the Whig administration and is regarded as Britain's first prime minister.

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  • proper n. An English habitational surname from either of two places in Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • proper n. Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, English politician and writer.
  • proper n. The name of several towns or cities.

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

  • n. English writer and historian; son of Sir Robert Walpole (1717-1797)
  • n. Englishman and Whig statesman who (under George I) was effectively the first British prime minister (1676-1745)


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From Old English words for "wall pool".



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