Borrowed from French Napoléon (“given name, usually in reference to Napoleon Bonaparte”). In reference to coins, via French napoléon (“(slang) a coin that originally had the appearance of Napoleon's face in the obverse”). In reference to guns and possibly cards, in reference to Napoleon III.
napoleon (plural napoleons)
- (historical numismatics, slang) The franc germinal: a 20-franc gold coin issued under Napoleon.
- (historical numismatics, slang) Other subsequent 20-franc coins, notes, or values.
- (usually admiringly derogatory) A person resembling Napoleon Bonaparte, (usually) in having come to dominate an area or sphere of activity through ruthlessness or illegality as well as surpassing ability.
- 1894, Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, p. 260:
- 1896, J.S. Ogilvie, The Life and Speeches of William McKinley:
- 1997, Ben Macintyre, The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief.
- (fashion, obsolete) Clipping of : a form of topboot worn by officers during the Napoleonic Wars.
- 2011, Robert Morgan, Lions of the West::
- Always an eloquent speaker, Polk became known as the Napoleon of the stump.
- (historical weaponry) Clipping of : a 12-pounder cannon first used by the Second French Empire.
- (card games, uncountable) A 19th-century five-card trick-taking game simplified from euchre.
- (card games, uncountable) Clipping of : a form of patience.
- (rare Britain horse racing slang, obsolete) Alternative form of : a horse to go nap on, a sure thing, a certain winner; a prediction of such a horse; a bet on such a horse.
- Clipping of : a variety of the white-fleshed bigarreau cherry; a variety of cherry tree bearing such fruit.
- (food, originally US slang) Clipping of : another name for a millefeuille pastry.
- (alcoholic beverages, rare) Clipping of : any excellent brandy; a serving of such a brandy.
- (pastries) A multi-layered stacked pastry
- (gold coin): louis, louis d'or, franc germinal
- (pastry): custard slice, vanilla slice, mille-feuille, millefeuille
napoleon m (plural napoleons)