from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Nelson, Horatio. Viscount Nelson. 1758-1805. British admiral who defeated the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile (1798), thus ending Napoleon's attempt to conquer Egypt, and crushed French and Spanish naval forces at Trafalgar (1805), where he was mortally wounded.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Lord Nelson (1758-1805), a British admiral.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.
  • proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hold in wrestling. In a full Nelson, one of the contestants, slipping behind the other, puts his arms up under his opponent's armpits and clasps his hands or arms as high up as possible around the hitter's neck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)
  • n. any of several wrestling holds in which an arm is passed under the opponent's arm from behind and the hand exerts pressure on the back of the neck


From Middle English Neil +‎ -son and Nell +‎ -son. (Wiktionary)



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