na·​po·​leon | \ nə-ˈpōl-yən How to pronounce napoleon (audio) , -ˈpō-lē-ən \

Definition of napoleon

1 : a former French 20-franc gold coin
2 : an oblong pastry with a filling of cream, custard, or jelly
3 capitalized : one like Napoleon I (as in ambition)

Examples of napoleon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While selection varies, the strawberry napoleon is a regular favorite. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, 16 Oct. 2019 On the menu: Tuna tartare, yellowtail carpaccio, live diver-scallop motoyaki, duck breast with foie gras and a fusion dessert of creme-brulee napoleon with matcha and Japanese-whisky butterscotch sauce. Joe Gray,, 16 Aug. 2019 It’s hard to pass this charming French patisserie without stopping for a treat: croissants, cinnamon rolls, apple strudel, éclairs, napoleons, cream puffs and much more. Irene Lechowitzky, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2019 Enjoy a French stew with chicken, rice, baby carrots and napoleon for dessert Following dinner, The Cameo Club, a group of women who have competed in Ms. Senior CT, will provide entertainment. Courant Community, 15 May 2018 Spread: The all-vegan menu included passed appetizers of quinoa patties with zucchini and sesame paste, garbanzo bean tostadas, avocado toast, wild mushroom polenta cakes and beet napoleon with cashew cheese. Ramona Saviss, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 2018 There’s also a separate case for the fancier desserts, like the 85ºC Mille Crepe, sea-salt coffee brulee and napoleon cakes. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, 25 Oct. 2017 His beet and goat cheese napoleons put Mr. Puck on the map, helped define modern California cuisine, and prompted a thousand copycats. Julia Moskin, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2017 Guests can expect a fresh look, new logo and updates to the ever-evolving menu, but favorites like the lamb osso buco, salmon and crab napoleon and rum cake will stay. Star-telegram,, 5 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of napoleon

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for napoleon

French napoléon, from Napoléon Napoleon I

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“Napoleon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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