William Tell
noun Date: 1778 a heroic archer in Swiss legend who complies with an order to shoot an apple off his son's head

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  • William Tell — n. in Swiss legend, a hero in the fight for independence from Austria, forced, on pain of death, to shoot an apple off his son s head with bow and arrow …   English World dictionary

  • William Tell — For other uses, see William Tell (disambiguation). Detail from the Statue of William Tell and his son in Altdorf, Switzerland (Richard Kissling, 1895) William Tell (in the four languages of Switzerland: German: Wilhelm Tell …   Wikipedia

  • William Tell — noun a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son s head with his crossbow (which he did successfully… …   Useful english dictionary

  • William Tell — a legendary Swiss patriot forced by the Austrian governor to shoot an apple off his son s head with bow and arrow. German, Wilhelm Tell. * * * …   Universalium

  • William Tell — Wil′liam Tell′ n. myt a legendary Swiss patriot of c1300 forced by the Austrian governor to shoot an apple off his son s head with a crossbow …   From formal English to slang

  • William Tell — /wɪljəm ˈtɛl/ (say wilyuhm tel) noun → Tell …   Australian English dictionary

  • William Tell — hero and patriot of Swiss folklore who according to legend was forced to shoot an apple off of his son s head with a bow and arrow …   English contemporary dictionary

  • William Tell (disambiguation) — William Tell is the legendary hero in the founding myths of SwitzerlandWilliam Tell may also refer to: * William Tell (play), a play by Friedrich Schiller * William Tell (opera), an opera by Gioacchino Rossini, based on Schiller s play * William… …   Wikipedia

  • William Tell (play) — William Tell (German: Wilhelm Tell ) is a drama written by Friedrich Schiller in 1804. The story focuses on the legendary Swiss marksman William Tell as well as on the Swiss struggle for independence from the Habsburg Empire in the early 14th… …   Wikipedia

  • William Tell Coleman — (1824 1893) est un pionner américain[1]. Né à Cynthiana (Kentucky) William Tell Coleman fit ses études à Université de Saint Louis. En 1849, il s installe à San Francisco en …   Wikipédia en Français

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