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A church built after 1744 as part of a Spanish mission in San Antonio, Texas, and converted to a fort in the early 1800s. During the Texas Revolution against Mexican rule, it was besieged (February 23 to March 6, 1836) by the Mexican army, who killed all the members of the Texas garrison.


n. pl. al·a·mos Southwestern US
A poplar tree, especially a cottonwood.

[Spanish álamo.]


(Placename) the Alamo a mission in San Antonio, Texas, the site of a siege and massacre in 1836 by Mexican forces under Santa Anna of a handful of American rebels fighting for Texan independence from Mexico


(ˈæl əˌmoʊ, ˈɑ lə-)

n., pl. -mos. Southwestern U.S.
a poplar.
[1830–40; < Sp álamo poplar, ultimately < a pre-Latin language of Iberia]


(ˈæl əˌmoʊ)

a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, Texas, taken by Mexicans in 1836 during the Texan war for independence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alamo - a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836Alamo - a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
San Antonio - a city of south central Texas; site of the Alamo; site of several military bases and a popular haven for vacationers
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