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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.]
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(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
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(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.
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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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There was an invitation given by a gentleman of my town, a very rich one, and one of quality, for he was one of the Alamos of Medina del Campo, and married to Dona Mencia de Quinones, the daughter of Don Alonso de Maranon, Knight of the Order of Santiago, that was drowned at the Herradura- him there was that quarrel about years ago in our village, that my master Don Quixote was mixed up in, to the best of my belief, that Tomasillo the scapegrace, the son of Balbastro the smith, was wounded in.- Isn't all this true, master mine?
According to the Express-News report, the council's 9-2 vote authorized a proposal that would close streets in front of the monument, initiate a 50-year agreement for the Texas General Land Office to lease and manage the site and repair the Cenotaph -- a 60-foot-tall monument currently located near the center of the Alamo Plaza -- and move it about 500 feet south.
The Alamo app is claimed to allow customers to create a reservation faster than ever, in addition to allowing them to quickly and easily find vehicles that match their needs, view or modify upcoming reservations and manage trips on their calendars.
The two communities, located at 11300 Wild Pine and 11349 Alamo Ranch Parkway respectively, expand Sagora's senior living portfolio in San Antonio.
Gastrointestinal company CRH Medical Corporation (TSX:CRH) (NYSE MKT:CRHM) reported on Thursday the completion of the acquisition of Alamo in a accretive transaction.
The NCUA approved Alamo's merger on May 5, and Alamo members voted for the consolidation on June 9.
Collins was in San Antonio on Tuesday to donate what's considered the world's largest private collection of Alamo artifacts.
On the flipside, there is a real Johnny Alamo, who once made a living as a professional freestyle-skier, worked side-by-side with legendary filmmaker Warren Miller, and now spends his time as a Boulder-based sports marketing specialist with a client list that exhibits a detectable lean toward the young, spirited and supremely talented --Olympic-athlete kind-of-talented.
The Popular Culture formula asserts that "the popularity of a given cultural element (object, person or event) is directly proportional to the degree to which that element is reflective of audience beliefs and values." (1) Consequently, the Alamo has so often been the subject of films and television because it reflects the beliefs and values of so many Americans.
In 2009, Alamo was convicted of 10 counts of taking underage girls across the state lines for sex.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema provides a combination of theatre and restaurant, showing first-run movies, independent films and special programming events with an extensive menu made from scratch in a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen.