The Alternative English Dictionary: Alice

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Alice etymology From Old French Alice, from Old High German Adalheidis, from adal + heit. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈæl.ɪs/
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  1. A given name popular in England since the Middle Ages.
    • 1380s-1390s, Geoffrey Chaucer, : That Iankin clerk, and my gossib dame Alis, / And I my-self, in-to the feldes wente.
    • 1871 , : "My name is Alice, but - " "It's a stupid name enough!" Humpty Dumpty interrupted impatiently. "What does it mean?" "Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully. "Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh, "my name means the shape I am - and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost."
    • 1968 Kurt Vonnegut, Welcome to the Monkey House, Delacorte Press, page xiv: She was heavenly to look at, and graceful, both in and out of water. She was a sculptress. She was christened 'Alice', but she used to deny that she was really an Alice. I agreed. Everybody agreed. Sometime in a dream maybe I will find out what her real name was.
  2. (cryptography, physics) a placeholder name for the person or system that sends a message to another person or system conventionally known as Bob.
  3. (AU, slang, often with "the") Alice Springs, Australia.
    • 2002, Sylvia Lawson, Budgerigars, and Positions of Ignorance, in How Simone de Beauvoir died in Australia: stories and essays, page 17, At that point in my second visit to the Alice, I'd been there only a day.… they're doing Australia in two weeks, with a few days each for Sydney, the Alice and the Rock, Kakadu and Cairns.
    • 2003, Janet Judy McIntyre-Mills, quoting Olive Veverbrants, Critical systemic praxis for social and environmental justice (page 27), In 1892 my Chinese grandfather lived in Alice.
    • 2004, Larry Habegger, Travelers' Tales Australia: True Stories (page 7), "Don't waste yer time in The Alice, get out and see the country — that's what yer 'ere for."
  4. A city in North Dakota.
  5. A city in Texas.
Synonyms: Party A (placeholder), Alice Springs (city)
related terms:
  • given names: Adelaide, Alicia, Alison, Allison, Alyssa, Heidi
anagrams:
  • Celia
  • ileac
  • ecila
  • lacie

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