William Tell

noun
Wil·​liam Tell | \ˌwil-yəm-ˈtel \

Definition of William Tell 

: a heroic archer in Swiss legend who complies with an order to shoot an apple off his son's head

First Known Use of William Tell

1778, in the meaning defined above

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