Definition of the Gettysburg Address from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Gettysburg Address

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a short but very famous speech by US President Abraham Lincoln on 19 November 1863 during the Civil War. He was at the military cemetery (= place where dead people are buried) at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg. The speech consisted of only ten sentences, and Lincoln thought it was a 'flat failure' and would soon be forgotten. He said that the US was 'conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal' and that 'government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth'.