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Beau·har·nais

 (bō-är-nā′), Alexandre de 1760-1794.
French soldier who fought with Rochambeau's troops in the American Revolution and later in France with the French Revolutionary army. He was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.

Beauharnais

, Eugène de 1781-1824.
French soldier and statesman. Son of Alexandre and Josephine de Beauharnais, he was later adopted by Napoleon I and became viceroy and then heir apparent to the throne of Italy (1806).

Beauharnais

, Josephine de 1763-1814.
Empress of the French (1804-1809) as the wife of Napoleon I. Married first to Alexandre de Beauharnais, she wed Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796. The marriage was annulled (1810) because of her alleged infertility.

Beauharnais

(French boarnɛ)
n
1. (Biography) Alexandre (alɛksãdr), Vicomte de. 1760–94, French general, who served in the War of American Independence and the French Revolutionary wars; first husband of Empress Joséphine: guillotined
2. (Biography) his son, Eugène de (øʒɛn də). 1781–1824, viceroy of Italy (1805–14) for his stepfather Napoleon I
3. (Biography) (Eugénie) (øʒeni) Hortense de (ɔrtɑ̃s də). 1783–1837, queen of Holland (1806–10) as wife of Louis Bonaparte; daughter of Alexandre Beauharnais and sister of Eugène: mother of Napoleon III
4. (Biography) Joséphine de (ʒozefin də), previous name of the Empress Josephine. See Josephine

Beau•har•nais

(ˌboʊ ɑrˈneɪ)

n.
1. Eugénie Hortense de, 1782–1837, queen of Holland: wife of Louis Bonaparte.
2. Joséphine de, 1763–1814, empress of France 1804–09: first wife of Napoleon I.