noun (1)
Wa·​ter·​gate | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌgāt How to pronounce Watergate (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of Watergate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a scandal usually involving abuses of office, skulduggery, and a cover-up

water gate

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Definition of water gate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gate (as of a building) giving access to a body of water
2 : floodgate

First Known Use of Watergate

Noun (1)

1973, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Watergate

Noun (1)

Watergate, apartment and office complex in Washington, D.C.; from the scandal following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters there in 1972

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