Origin of Chauvinism
Borrowing from French chauvinisme meaning 'idealistic devotion to Napoleon' and named for Nicolas Chauvin, a legendary and excessively patriotic soldier of the French First Republic. The figure of Chauvin became especially famous as a character in the play La Cocarde Tricolore by the Cogniard brothers.
French chauvinisme after Nicolas Chauvin , a legendary French soldier famous for his devotion to Napoleon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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