Definition of Peterloo massacre in English:

Peterloo massacre

proper noun

  • An attack by Manchester yeomanry on 16 August 1819 against a large but peaceable crowd. Sent to arrest the speaker at a rally of supporters of political reform in St Peter's Field, Manchester, the local yeomanry charged the crowd, killing 11 civilians and injuring more than 500.


So named in ironic reference to the Battle of Waterloo.


Peterloo massacre