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Definition of Rip Van Winkle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


Rip Van Winkle

NAmE//ˌrɪp væn ˈwɪŋkl//
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a person who is surprised to find how much the world has changed over a period of time From the name of a character in a short story by the American writer Washington Irving. He sleeps for 20 years and wakes up to find that the world has completely changed.
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