Main meanings of napoleon in English

: napoleon1Napoleon2


Pronunciation /nəˈpəʊlɪən/


  • 1 historical A gold twenty-franc French coin minted in the reign of Napoleon I.

    ‘‘Offering French lessons for two gold napoleons cannot be a very reliable source of income,’ said the politician.’
    • ‘You care only for the 10,000 gold napoleons he has filled your pockets with!’
    • ‘He knew this was the doing of the Director, who had reported the theatre to Napoleon's secret police in return for a reward of 10,000 gold napoleons.’
    • ‘Standing close to his chair was a handsome Italian, calm, statuesque, reaching across him to place the first pile of napoleons from a new bagful just brought him by an envoy with a scrolled mustache.’
    • ‘We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources, and borrowed, for that purpose, thirty thousand napoleons from the Bank of France.’
    • ‘No matter; she had been winning ever since she took to roulette with a few napoleons at command, and had a considerable reserve.’
  • 2

    (also napoleon boot)
    historical A boot worn by men in the 19th century, reaching above the knee in front and with a piece cut out behind.

    ‘I take it Will, that you have two pairs of Napoleon boots, two pairs of Hessians and another two pairs of button boots?’
    • ‘White breaches and black Napoleon boots complete the turnout.’
    • ‘Those who had struck it rich wore black woollen trousers and Napoleon boots, and sported silk sashes and gaily coloured kerchiefs.’
    gumboot, wellington, wader, walking boot, riding boot, field boot, jackboot, thigh boot, half-boot, ankle boot, pixie boot, Chelsea boot, balmoral, desert boot, moon boot, snow boot
  • 3North American A flaky rectangular pastry with a sweet filling.

    ‘The napoleon of dark chocolate mousse with Mexican-chocolate ice cream and crisp chocolate wafer is almost too much for anyone but the most devoted chocoholic.’
    • ‘Spoon a portion of sauce around the plate and place a quenelle of the marmalade next to the napoleon.’
    • ‘For dessert there were cheesecake, ice cream, cream cake, fruit salad, and napoleons.’
    • ‘But then - he was whispering - he leaned over and told me and the girls that actually, his favorite dessert was a napoleon.’
    • ‘A roasted-pear napoleon, lemon-raspberry gratin, and chocolate-brioche pudding will restore ardor.’
    • ‘To serve, place a napoleon in the center of the plate and pipe some chocolate cream on top.’
    • ‘His raspberry napoleon consists of fat, fresh berries stacked on layers of sugary phyllo pastry, with rich deposits of lemongrass-coconut curd in between.’
    • ‘The chocolate-caramel bombe is nowhere near as complicated as its explanation on the menu, and a raspberry napoleon is simple - as it should be.’
    • ‘In fact, his warm vanilla cake, fig napoleon, and warm chocolate-chestnut brioche pudding are simply yummy.’
    • ‘For dessert, there was a much lauded peach napoleon.’
    • ‘If I take the time to single out all the smashing desserts (though a piece of the rhubarb napoleon should be taken every day, like vitamins), there will be no room left to let you in on one more secret.’
    • ‘Best of all, though, is the restaurant's raspberry napoleon, a delicate structure made with fresh cream and layers of lightly sugary pastry.’

Main meanings of Napoleon in English

: napoleon1Napoleon2


Pronunciation /nəˈpəʊlɪən/

proper noun

  • 1The name of three rulers of France.

    1. 1.1Napoleon I (1769–1821), emperor 1804–14 and 1815; full name Napoleon Bonaparte; known as Napoleon. In 1799 Napoleon joined a conspiracy which overthrew the Directory, becoming the supreme ruler of France. He declared himself emperor in 1804, and established an empire stretching from Spain to Poland. After defeats at Trafalgar (1805) and in Russia (1812), he abdicated and was exiled to the island of Elba (1814). He returned to power in 1815, but was defeated at Waterloo and exiled to the island of St Helena.
    2. 1.2Napoleon II (1811–1832), son of Napoleon I and Empress Marie-Louise; full name Napoleon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte. In 1814 Napoleon I abdicated on behalf of himself and Napoleon II, who had no active political role.
    3. 1.3Napoleon III (1808–73), emperor 1852–70; full name Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte; known as Louis-Napoleon. A nephew of Napoleon I, Napoleon III was elected president of the Second Republic in 1848 and staged a coup in 1851. He abdicated in 1870 after defeat in the Franco-Prussian War.