Horatio Alger WORD ORIGIN adjective of or characteristic of the heroes in the novels of Horatio Alger, who begin life in poverty and achieve success and wealth through honesty, hard work, and virtuous behavior: the Horatio Alger story of his rise in the business world.
Origin of Horatio Alger First recorded in 1920–25 Alger [al-jer] noun Horatio, Jr.,1834–99, U.S. novelist: author of a series of books for boys. a male given name. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for horatio alger Alger noun Horatio. 1834–99, US author of adventure stories for boys, including Ragged Dick (1867) Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012