Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Pitt: William Pitt

Pitt 1

 (pĭt), William First Earl of Chatham. Known as "Pitt the Elder." 1708-1778.
British political leader and orator who directed his country's military effort during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763).

Pitt 2

 (pĭt), William Second Earl of Chatham. Known as "Pitt the Younger." 1759-1806.
British prime minister (1783-1801 and 1804-1806). He accomplished the Act of Union between Ireland and Britain (1800) but was unsuccessful in his efforts to achieve Catholic emancipation.


1. (Biography) William Bradley, born 1963, US actor; his films include Thelma and Louise (1991), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Fight Club (1999), Babel (2006), and Moneyball (2011)
2. (Biography) William, known as Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham. 1708–78, British statesman. He was first minister (1756–57; 1757–61; 1766–68) and achieved British victory in the Seven Years' War (1756–63)
3. (Biography) his son William, known as Pitt the Younger. 1759–1806, British statesman. As prime minister (1783–1801; 1804–06), he carried through important fiscal and tariff reforms. From 1793, his attention was focused on the wars with revolutionary and Napoleonic France



1. William, 1st Earl of Chatham, 1708–78, British statesman.
2. his son William, 1759–1806, British prime minister 1783–1801, 1804–06.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pitt - a British playwright who created the fictional character Sweeney Todd (1799-1855)Pitt - a British playwright who created the fictional character Sweeney Todd (1799-1855)
2.Pitt - English statesman and son of Pitt the Elder (1759-1806)
3.Pitt - English statesman who brought the Seven Years' War to an end (1708-1778)
References in classic literature ?
Barsad, still in the pay of the aristocratic English government, is the spy of Pitt, the treacherous foe of the Republic crouching in its bosom, the English traitor and agent of all mischief so much spoken of and so difficult to find.
At the corner of Pitt Street he paused to light a fresh cigar; the vesta threw, as he did so, a strong light upon his features, and a man of about his own age stopped at sight of it.
Pitt, afterward Earl of Chatham, who spent so much of his wondrous eloquence in endeavoring to warn England of the consequences of her injustice.
Pitt's celebrated sinking-fund = Sir William Pitt "the younger"(1759-1806), when he became Prime Minister in 1784, sought to raise taxes in order to pay off the British national debt}
He perceived a change of subject would be welcome, and said, "By the way, Arthur, at your colonel's birthday fete there were some transparencies that made a great effect in honour of Britannia, and Pitt, and the Loamshire Militia, and, above all, the 'generous youth,' the hero of the day.
With him, also, came his great favorite and confidential counseller, Kraimaker; who, from holding a post equivalent to that of prime minister, had been familiarly named Billy Pitt by the British visitors to the islands.
The man with the blue coat and the roll of paper is Sir William Baskerville, who was Chairman of Committees of the House of Commons under Pitt.
In half an hour we had reached Pitt Street, a quiet little backwater just beside one of the briskest currents of London life.
Pitt, as a traitor to the nation and to the rights of man, is sentenced to.
I don't suppose there's been so good an opening since the days of Pitt.
That reminds me," he went on, thrusting a hand into his side-pocket, with an easy air, "if I wanted a precedent, you know--but we never want a precedent for the right thing--but there is Chatham, now; I can't say I should have supported Chatham, or Pitt, the younger Pitt-- he was not a man of ideas, and we want ideas, you know.
The world still rings with the struggle between Pitt and Napoleon, two men who conducted the politics of their respective countries at an age when Henri de Navarre, Richelieu, Mazarin, Colbert, Louvois, the Prince of Orange, the Guises, Machiavelli, in short, all the best known of our great men, coming from the ranks or born to a throne, began to rule the State.