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Aaron Tweet Definition of Aaron Like Definition of Aaron on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Judaism & Christianity) The elder brother of Moses in the Book of the Exodus.
  2. (given name, male, from Hebrew, ).
     
Abbey Tweet Definition of Abbey Like Definition of Abbey on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, from Hebrew, ), diminutive of Abigail.
     
abbot Tweet Definition of abbot Like Definition of abbot on Facebook
noun 
  1. The superior or head of an abbey or monastery.
The newly appointed decided to take a tour of the abbey with the cardinal's emissary.
  1. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys. "Encyclopedia Britannica"
     
Abbott Tweet Definition of Abbott Like Definition of Abbott on Facebook
proper noun Abbot
  1. an English and Scottish occupational surname for someone employed by an abbot
  2. an American surname derived either from the Italian Abate, Spanish abad, Abad or German Abt
     
Abel Tweet Definition of Abel Like Definition of Abel on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (mythology) the son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his brother Cain.
  2. (given name, male, from Hebrew, ).
     
Abruzzi Tweet Definition of Abruzzi Like Definition of Abruzzi on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a mountanous region of central Italy that borders the Adriatic Sea; properly Abruzzi e Molise; now separated into Abruzzo and Molise
     
Acton Tweet Definition of Acton Like Definition of Acton on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An area of London.
     
Adam Tweet Definition of Adam Like Definition of Adam on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The first man in the Bible and the Qur'an, the mythological progenitor of the human race.
  2. (given name, male, from Hebrew, ).
  3. (figuratively) original sin, Original sin or human frailty.
     
Adams Tweet Definition of Adams Like Definition of Adams on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English patronymic surname derived from Adam
  2. a Latvian male given name. See Adam.
     
Addison Tweet Definition of Addison Like Definition of Addison on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname.
  2. (given name, female) of recent usage, following Alison and Madison.
     
Adrian Tweet Definition of Adrian Like Definition of Adrian on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, from Latin)
     
AE Tweet Definition of AE Like Definition of AE on Facebook
initialism 
  1. American English.
     
Aeschylus Tweet Definition of Aeschylus Like Definition of Aeschylus on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Greek dramatic poet (525 BC - 456 BC); Aeschylus was the earliest of the three greatest Greek tragedians.
     
Agnes Tweet Definition of Agnes Like Definition of Agnes on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, from Greek)
     
alba Tweet Definition of alba Like Definition of alba on Facebook
noun 
  1. A type of lyrical poetry, traditionally Provení§al, about lovers who must part at dawn.
     
Alban Tweet Definition of Alban Like Definition of Alban on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name.
     
Albert Tweet Definition of Albert Like Definition of Albert on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
     
Albuquerque Tweet Definition of Albuquerque Like Definition of Albuquerque on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Largest city in New Mexico, USA
     
Alda Tweet Definition of Alda Like Definition of Alda on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname
     
Alder Tweet Definition of Alder Like Definition of Alder on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English topographic surname for someone who lived by alder trees
     
aldrin Tweet Definition of aldrin Like Definition of aldrin on Facebook
noun 
  1. An insecticide containing a naphthalene-derived compound.
     
Alexander Tweet Definition of Alexander Like Definition of Alexander on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, from Greek, ), most famously held by Wikipedia:Alexander the Great, Alexander the Great.
     
Alexandra Tweet Definition of Alexandra Like Definition of Alexandra on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
     
Ali Tweet Definition of Ali Like Definition of Ali on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a male given name, derived from the Arabic root `-l-y which means "high"
  2. the Muslim caliph Wikipedia:Ali, Ali ibn Abi Talib, the assassination of whom led to the schism between Sunni and Shiite branches. Arabic:(عÙ٠ب٠اب٠طاÙب)
  3. a Muslim surname
  4. a nickname surrogate for Alison, Alyson, Allyson or Allison
  5. a 2001 biopic on w:Muhammed Ali, Muhammed Ali
     
Allen Tweet Definition of Allen Like Definition of Allen on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish male given name, a variant of Alan
  2. An English and Scottish surname derived from the given name
     
Allison Tweet Definition of Allison Like Definition of Allison on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A patronymic surname.
  2. (given name, male), mostly of persons born before 1950, transferred use of the surname.
  3. (given name, female), a spelling variant of Alison taken into general use in the 1940s.
     
Alonso Tweet Definition of Alonso Like Definition of Alonso on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name in many languages; see Alphonse.
     
alter Tweet Definition of alter Like Definition of alter on Facebook
verb 
  1. (transitive) To change the form or structure of
  2. (transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit
     
amati Tweet Definition of amati Like Definition of amati on Facebook
noun 
  1. (rfd-sense) Italian violin maker Nicolò Amati in Cremona; taught the craft to Guarneri and Stradivari (1596-1684).
  2. a violin made by a member of the Amati family.
     
ambler Tweet Definition of ambler Like Definition of ambler on Facebook
noun 
  1. Someone who walks at a leisurely pace; who ambles
     
Ambrose Tweet Definition of Ambrose Like Definition of Ambrose on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, from Greek)
  2. A surname.
     
Anastasia Tweet Definition of Anastasia Like Definition of Anastasia on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, from Greek, )
     
Anderson Tweet Definition of Anderson Like Definition of Anderson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a Scottish and northern English patronymic surname derived from Anders, the medieval form of Andrew (patron saint of Scotland)
     
Andrews Tweet Definition of Andrews Like Definition of Andrews on Facebook
noun 
  1. a surname
     
Andros Tweet Definition of Andros Like Definition of Andros on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An island of the Cyclades, Greece.
     
Anne Tweet Definition of Anne Like Definition of Anne on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, from Hebrew, ), used interchangably with Ann since the Middle Ages.
     
Anthony Tweet Definition of Anthony Like Definition of Anthony on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
     
Antoinette Tweet Definition of Antoinette Like Definition of Antoinette on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, from French, ) A female given name
     
Apuleius Tweet Definition of Apuleius Like Definition of Apuleius on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An ancient Platonist and a Sophist.
     
Aragon Tweet Definition of Aragon Like Definition of Aragon on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An autonomous community in north-eastern Spain, with capital Zaragoza.
     
archer Tweet Definition of archer Like Definition of archer on Facebook
noun (archers)
  1. one who shoots an arrow from a bow or a bolt from a crossbow.
     
Aristotle Tweet Definition of Aristotle Like Definition of Aristotle on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An ancient Greek philosopher (382-322 BC), student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great.
  2. A male given name.
     
armour Tweet Definition of armour Like Definition of armour on Facebook
noun 
  1. (uncountable) A form of body protection that consists of a hard material that is worn around the vital areas of the body.
  2. (uncountable) A natural form of this kind of protection on an animal's body.
  3. (countable) A tank, or other heavy mobile assault vehicle.
  4. (uncountable) A military formation consisting primarily of tanks or other armoured fighting vehicles.
     
Armstrong Tweet Definition of Armstrong Like Definition of Armstrong on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English surname
     
Arnold Tweet Definition of Arnold Like Definition of Arnold on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, , )
     
ARP Tweet Definition of ARP Like Definition of ARP on Facebook
initialism ARP'
  1. (computing) (internet) Address Resolution Protocol
     
arrow Tweet Definition of arrow Like Definition of arrow on Facebook
noun (plural arrows)
  1. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
  2. A sign or symbol used to indicate a direction (eg. <math>\to</math>).
  3. (graphtheory) A directed edge.
     
Arthur Tweet Definition of Arthur Like Definition of Arthur on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, , ) .
     
Atkins Tweet Definition of Atkins Like Definition of Atkins on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname.
  2. An abbreviation of the Atkins diet or the Atkins Nutritional Approach.
     
Atlas Tweet Definition of Atlas Like Definition of Atlas on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) : son of Iapetus and Clymene, war leader of the Titans ordered by the god Zeus to support the sky on his shoulders; father to Hesperides, the Hyades, and the Pleiades; king of the legendary Atlantis.
  2. (Astronomy) a moon of Saturn discovered in 1980 from Voyager photos.
  3. (Astronomy) a crater in the first quadrant of the moon
  4. (Warfare, U.S.) Intercontinental ballistic missile
     
Augustine Tweet Definition of Augustine Like Definition of Augustine on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name, derived from Augustus.
     
Austin Tweet Definition of Austin Like Definition of Austin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city, the capital of Texas.
  2. An English surname, via Latin Augustinus, from Augustus.
  3. A male given name (from the surname)
  4. A former make of British motor car.
     
ayme Tweet Definition of ayme Like Definition of ayme on Facebook
noun 
  1. (obsolete) The utterance of the ejaculation "Ay me!"
     

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