Watergate

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noun (1)

Wa·​ter·​gate ˈwȯ-tər-ˌgāt How to pronounce Watergate (audio)
ˈwä-
: a scandal usually involving abuses of office, skulduggery, and a cover-up

water gate

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noun (2)

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: a gate (as of a building) giving access to a body of water
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Noun
There are pagodas and stupas, ancient wells, ceramic kilns, walls and water gates, and canals and lakes. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, 21 Nov. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1973, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Watergate was in the 13th century

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“Watergate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Watergate. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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