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See also: napoleon, Napoléon, and Napóleon



French Napoléon, from Italian Napoleone, name of an early saint, of uncertain origin; possibly from the Germanic clan name Nibelung. By folk etymology explained as Napoli (Naples) + leone (lion).

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  1. Napoleon Bonaparte.
  2. A male given name sometimes given in honor of the French emperor.

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Napoleon (plural Napoleons)

  1. A twenty-franc gold coin, once used in France
  2. The foremost authority or leader in a given field
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Final Problem
      He [Professor Moriarty] is the Napoleon of crime, Watson.
    • 2011, Robert Morgan, Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion
      Always an eloquent speaker, Polk became known as the Napoleon of the stump.
    • 1896, J.S. Ogilvie, "A Biographical Sketch of William McKinley." The Life and Speeches of William McKinley.
      He [William McKinley] has been called the Napoleon of protection, as other men have been called Napoleons of finance.
  3. (uncountable) The card game nap