What does Napoleon mean?

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nəˈpoʊ li ən, -ˈpoʊl yənnapoleon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Napoleon, Napoleon I, Napoleon Bonaparte, Bonaparte, Little Corporalnoun

    French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)

  2. napoleonnoun

    a rectangular piece of pastry with thin flaky layers and filled with custard cream

  3. Napoleon, napnoun

    a card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes


  1. Napoleonnoun

    a puff pastry confection, usually layered, with a filling of custard or cream, or sometimes jelly.

  2. Napoleonnoun

    A French gold coin of twenty francs, no longer minted or circulated. It bore the portrait of Napoleon I. or Napoleon III.


  1. Napoleonnoun

    A twenty-franc gold coin, once used in France

  2. Napoleonnoun

    The foremost authority or leader in a given field

  3. Napoleonnoun

    The card game nap

  4. Napoleonnoun

    Napoleon Bonaparte.

  5. Napoleonnoun

    sometimes given in honor of the French emperor.

  6. napoleonnoun

    a gold coin worth twenty francs issued by Napoleon I; a twenty-franc coin

  7. Etymology: Napoléon, from Napoleone, name of an early saint, of uncertain origin; possibly from the clan name Nibelung. By folk etymology explained as Napoli + leone.


  1. Napoleon

    Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader. He rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. He also remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in history.Napoleon had an extensive and powerful impact on the modern world, bringing liberal reforms to the numerous territories that he conquered and controlled, especially the Low Countries, Switzerland, and large parts of modern Italy and Germany. He implemented fundamental liberal policies in France and throughout Western Europe. His lasting legal achievement, the Napoleonic Code, has been highly influential. Roberts says, "The ideas that underpin our modern world—meritocracy, equality before the law, property rights, religious toleration, modern secular education, sound finances, and so on—were championed, consolidated, codified and geographically extended by Napoleon. To them he added a rational and efficient local administration, an end to rural banditry, the encouragement of science and the arts, the abolition of feudalism and the greatest codification of laws since the fall of the Roman Empire."Napoleon was born in Corsica to a relatively modest family from minor Italian nobility. He supported the French Revolution in 1789 while serving in the French army, and tried to spread its ideals to his native Corsica. He rose rapidly in the Army after he saved the governing French Directory by firing on royalist insurgents. In April 1796, he began his first military campaign against the Austrians and their Italian allies, scoring a series of decisive victories and becoming a national hero. Two years later, he led a military expedition to Egypt that served as a springboard to political power. He engineered a coup in November 1799 and became First Consul of the Republic. Intractable differences with the British meant that the French were facing the War of the Third Coalition by 1805. Napoleon shattered this coalition with decisive victories in the Ulm Campaign, and a historic triumph at the Battle of Austerlitz, which led to the elimination of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1806, the Fourth Coalition took up arms against him because Prussia became worried about growing French influence on the continent. Napoleon quickly knocked out Prussia at the battles of Jena and Auerstedt, then marched the Grand Army deep into Eastern Europe, annihilating the Russians in June 1807 at Friedland, and forcing the defeated nations of the Fourth Coalition to accept the Treaties of Tilsit. Two years later, the Austrians challenged the French again during the War of the Fifth Coalition, but Napoleon solidified his grip over Europe after triumphing at the Battle of Wagram. Hoping to extend the Continental System (embargo of Britain), Napoleon invaded Iberia and declared his brother Joseph the King of Spain in 1808. The Spanish and the Portuguese revolted with British support. The Peninsular War lasted six years, featured brutal guerrilla warfare, and culminated in a defeat for Napoleon. Napoleon launched an invasion of Russia in the summer of 1812. The resulting campaign witnessed the catastrophic retreat of Napoleon's Grand Army, and encouraged his enemies. In 1813, Prussia and Austria joined Russian forces in a Sixth Coalition against France. A chaotic military campaign culminated in a large coalition army defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813. The coalition invaded France and captured Paris, forcing Napoleon to abdicate in April 1814. Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba, between Corsica and Italy. In France, the Bourbons were restored to power. However, Napoleon escaped from Elba in February 1815 and took control of France. The Allies responded by forming a Seventh Coalition, which ultimately defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The British exiled him to the remote island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. His death in 1821 at the age of 51 was received with shock and grief throughout Europe.


  1. napoleon

    Napoleon is most commonly known as a reference to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution. He led several successful military campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars and became the defacto leader of the French government in 1799. He declared himself emperor in 1804 and led France in a series of battles across Europe known as the Napoleonic Wars. He is best remembered for his role in spreading the French revolutionary ideals and his legal reforms, known as the Napoleanic Code. In other contexts the term "Napoleon" can refer to a type of pastry, a card game, or various geographical locations and species, among other things, named after Napoleon Bonaparte.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Napoleonnoun

    a French gold coin of twenty francs, or about $3.86

  2. Etymology: [From the Emperor Napoleon 1.]


  1. Napoleon

    Napoleon is a fictional character and the main antagonist in George Orwell's Animal Farm. While he is at first a common farm pig, he gets rid of Snowball, another pig which shares the power. He then takes advantage of the animals' uprising against their masters to eventually become the tyrannical "President of Animal Farm," which he turns into a dictatorship.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Napoleon

    na-pō′lē-on, n. a French gold coin worth 20 francs, or about 15s. 10½d.: a French modification of the game of euchre, each player receiving five cards and playing for himself: a kind of rich iced cake.—adj. Napoleon′ic, relating to Napoleon I. or III., the Great or the Little.—ns. Napō′leonism; Napō′leonist.—Go nap, to declare all five tricks—success rewarded by double payment all round.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Napoleon

    A gold coin of France issued during the Consulate of Napoleon Bonaparte. This superseded the “Louis d’Or.”

Who Was Who?

  1. Napoleon

    A little Frenchman who wore a big hat, a little curl on his forehead, and whose ambitions were larger than his good luck. Started life by placing Corsica on the map. Like all great men, he was the dunce at school. Later he used his masters and prize-winning chums as first-row soldiers. Entered the army. Never succeeded as a sentry. Frequently amused himself by taking a couple of soldiers and capturing a city or an army between meals. The politicians in Paris saw the young man was not without talents. They gave him a few more soldiers. Then he went after countries. Captured Egypt, but had trouble with one Nelson of England. N. became unpopular with his neighbors. They all attacked him. He attacked them all. That settled it. He ate wars. After the powers were powerless N. scampered about Europe adding countries to France. He devoured Germany. Went after Russia, but they made it too hot and too cold for him. Had more trouble with that man Nelson. Became rich and divorced. Introduced Roosevelt publicity tactics into France and carried a third term. Started things. Began quarreling again. At last he was cooped up in Paris, and flew the white flag. Visited Elba. Revisited France. Started things again. Took some veterans to Belgium. There he was met by another Englishman by the name of Wellington who introduced him to Waterloo. For his kindness in leaving Europe England presented N. with a whole island, a complementary guard, and paid all his living expenses for six years. Later N. became responsible for one of the sights of Paris. Always carried his right hand in the front of his coat. Ambition: A French Nelson, England, and progeny. Recreation: Walking along the shore. Address: Fontainbleau, Europe, and At Sea. Epitaph: I Desire That My Ashes Shall Rest On The Banks Of The Seine Among The Few French People I Did Not Take To War.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Napoleon is ranked #11928 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Napoleon surname appeared 2,624 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Napoleon.

    42.9% or 1,126 total occurrences were Black.
    31.6% or 831 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 240 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.5% or 197 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    5.7% or 150 total occurrences were Asian.
    3% or 80 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Napoleon in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Napoleon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Napoleon in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically, dEMOCRATIC VOID.

  2. Philip Carr-Gomm:

    Napoleon, for instance, had himself carved naked in that tradition, the contradictory attitude is there right from the beginning. We want to see it. We don't want to see it. We hate it. We love it.

  3. Tony Pollard:

    It represents the point at which Napoleon came closest to winning the battle of Waterloo, so it's an amazing discovery.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    I think it would be very bizarre if the EU should decide on their own... if they decided to impose tariffs on goods coming from the UK it would be... a return to Napoleon's continental system.

  5. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    My enemies are many, my equals are none. In the shade of olive trees, they said Italy could never be conquered. In the land of Pharaohs and Kings, they said Egypt could never be humbled. In the realm of forest and snow, they said Russia could never be tamed. Now they say nothing. They fear me, like a force of nature, a dealer in thunder and death! I say: I am Napoleon, I am Emperor. (Napoleon: Total War)

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