Watergate

noun Wa·ter·gate \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌgāt , ˈwä- \

Definition of Watergate

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

Origin and Etymology of watergate

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


water gate

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Definition of water gate

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

First Known Use of water gate

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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