William Tell

Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to William Tell: Robin Hood

Wil′liam Tell′

a legendary Swiss patriot of c1300 forced by the Austrian governor to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.William Tell - a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archerWilliam Tell - a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)
References in classic literature ?
Did you ever see the chapel where William Tell used to preach?
Zurich was congratulated on the possession of a Paragon of public virtue; and William Tell, in the character of benefactor to Switzerland, was compared disadvantageously with Mrs.
I never lose a note of this opera if I can avoid it; the music of William Tell is so sweet.
As for you, illustrious descendant of William Tell, you will straightway get together your clothes which are in my room and which annoy me, and go out quickly to another lodging.
They had done their work for first lesson, and Tom was in a brown study, brooding, like a young William Tell, upon the wrongs of fags in general, and his own in particular.
I suppose William tells them of our splendid doings.
1307 William Tell is reputed to have shot the apple off his son's head on this day.
I HAVE just finished watching an episode of The Adventures of William Tell starring the late Conrad Phillips as the man with the crossbow trying to save Switzerland from invasion from near neighbours Austria.
July 6 (ANI): American television personality Lauren Conrad welcomed his baby boy, Liam James, with husband William Tell.
Lauren Conrad revealed earlier this year that she and husband William Tell are expecting their first child and the former reality star posted on (https://laurenconrad.
A log-jammed New Street Station meant that by the time we took our seats for WNO's new production of Rossini's William Tell we'd missed the start of the overture.
Two new productions, Rossini's William Tell and Moses in Egypt, lead the season and explore the liberty of nations, while a revival of Bizet's Carmen examines personal liberty and what it means to be a free woman.