Definition of Lord Nelson from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Lord Nelson

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born Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) an English admiral (= senior officer in the navy) who became famous for winning a number of sea battles against the French in the 1790s. These victories strengthened British military power at sea, and prevented Napoleon's forces attacking Britain. Many people know that Nelson lost his right arm and his right eye in different battles, and there is a famous story that he said 'Kiss me, Hardy' to another officer just before dying at Trafalgar. He was made a viscount in 1801.
I have only one eye, – I have a right to be blind sometimes … I really do not see the signal!
Lord Nelson at the battle of Copenhagen, 1801