The Eiffel Tower in Paris.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: after A. G. Eiffel (1832-1923), French engineer who designed it
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Eiffel Tower - Cultural Definition
An iron structure that dominates the skyline of Paris. When it was built in the nineteenth century, it was the tallest freestanding structure in the world.
- The Eiffel Tower, because of its distinctive shape, has become a symbol (see also symbol) of Paris.