Definitions

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

  • A town of central Belgium near Brussels. Napoleon met his final defeat in the Battle of Waterloo (June 18, 1815).
  • A city of northeast Iowa northwest of Cedar Rapids. First settled in 1845, it is a trade center in an agricultural region. Population: 66,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The name of any of several villages, towns, and cities around the world.
  • proper n. A battle fought at Waterloo, Belgium on June 18, 1815, resulting in the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • n. A notable and decisive defeat for an individual; often in the phrase “to meet one’s Waterloo”.

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

  • n. a town in central Belgium where in 1815 Napoleon met his final defeat
  • n. a final crushing defeat
  • n. the battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon

Etymologies

From Middle Dutch, composed of water (“water”) +‎ loo (“sacred wood, forest”). More at water, lea. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • WATERLOO, IOWA (AP) -- Inmates from the Black Hawk County jail are hitting the streets in Waterloo to help the city repair potholes from this year's winter.

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  • • WATERLOO WEST 8-3, CITY HIGH 6-5: The Little Hawks split a doubleheader in Waterloo, thanks to three runs in the seventh inning of the second game.

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  • WATERLOO, Ont. - Stephen Hawking will conduct research at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ont., in June and July to make up for a visit he cancelled last summer due to illness.

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  • WATERLOO - The Waterloo softball team picked up its first win of the season with a 7-1 victory over visiting Columbus Thursday.

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  • WATERLOO - Virginia M. Plummer, 86, of Waterloo, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Highland House in Waterloo.

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  • WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Police are investigating a home invasion in Waterloo.

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  • WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The interactive Phelps Youth Pavilion in Waterloo is one year old.

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  • WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Cultures of the world were being celebrated Saturday in Waterloo, raising money for a good cause.

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  • WATERLOO - Virginia Nutt, 87, of Waterloo, died Friday, Feb. 6, at Covenant Medical Center; services 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, 232-3235, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery; visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel; memorials to the family.

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  • WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A new report shows Waterloo is the most segregated of Iowa's largest cities.

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