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ˈhæn ə bəlhan·ni·bal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hannibalnoun

    general who commanded the Carthaginian army in the second Punic War; crossed the Alps and defeated the Romans but was recalled to defend Carthage and was defeated (247-182 BC)

  2. Hannibalnoun

    a town in northeast Missouri on the Mississippi River; boyhood home of Mark Twain


  1. Hannibalnoun

    of mostly historical use. Most notably borne by the the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca.

  2. Hannibalnoun

    A city in Missouri: Hannibal.


  1. Hannibal

    Hannibal (; Punic:


  1. hannibal

    Hannibal is most commonly known as a Carthaginian general during the Second Punic War against Rome (218-202 BC). He is famed for his tactical genius, particularly for his audacious crossing of the Alps to attack the Roman Republic directly. His most famous victory was at the Battle of Cannae where his smaller army decisively defeated a much larger Roman force. Hannibal is often considered one of the greatest military strategists in history.


  1. Hannibal

    Hannibal is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs that returns Anthony Hopkins to his iconic role as serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Julianne Moore co-stars, taking over for Jodie Foster in the role of U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Clarice Starling. Set ten years after The Silence of the Lambs, the film revolves around Starling's attempts to apprehend Lecter before his surviving victim, Mason Verger, captures and kills him. The film's locations alternate between Italy and the United States. The film's development drew a large amount of attention, with The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, screenwriter Ted Tally and actress Jodie Foster all eventually declining involvement. Upon release, Hannibal broke box office records in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in February 2001.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hannibal

    the great Carthaginian general, son of Hamilcar (q. v.); learned the art of war under his father in Spain; subjugated all Spain south of the Ebro by the capture of the Roman allied city of Saguntum, which led to the outbreak of the Second Punic War and his leading his army through hostile territory over the Pyrenees and the Alps into Italy; defeated the Romans in succession at the Ticinus, the Trebia, and Lake Trasimenus, to the extirpation of the army sent against him; passed the Apennines and descended into Apulia, where, after being harassed by the tantalising policy of Fabius Maximus, he met the Romans at Cannæ in 216 B.C. and inflicted on them a crushing defeat, retiring after this into winter quarters at Capua, where his soldiers became demoralised; he next season began to experience a succession of reverses, which ended in the evacuation of Italy and the transfer of the seat of war to Africa, where Hannibal was met by Scipio on the field of Zama in 201 B.C. and defeated; he afterwards joined Antiochus, king of Syria, who was at war with Rome, to his defeat there also, upon which he fled to Prusias, king of Bithynia, where, when his surrender was demanded, he ended his life by poisoning himself (247-183 B.C.).

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hannibal is ranked #20502 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hannibal surname appeared 1,294 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hannibal.

    49.6% or 643 total occurrences were Black.
    40.4% or 523 total occurrences were White.
    6.1% or 80 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hannibal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hannibal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Hannibal in a Sentence

  1. Bryan Fuller:

    NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancelation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards Practices enforcers, [NBC Entertainment exec] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. 'Hannibal' is finishing his last course at NBC's table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.

  2. James Thurber:

    If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.

  3. Hannibal Buress:

    I got a lot of flak for that. I had people writing me awful things: ‘Bill Cosby’s not a rapist, Hannibal, you are.’ What?! That’s not how that works!

  4. Bryan Fuller:

    We had been telling the story of Hannibal Lecter, foreigner in America, so far, and now we transition the story, he's returning to more familiar settings to lick his wounds. It allows us to explore the emotional bandwidth of his character and see him pining for his friend Will.

  5. Hannibal Buress:

    I won't say this is a pure race study, but in this 30- or 40-minute time period where I'm going back and forth to Macy's, two white people recognized me on the street, and they were like, 'Hi, Hannibal Buress, what's up, man?' and then there was a black dude and a black woman, and separately they both walked up to me and were like, 'Yo, you just walking around and s**t?'.

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