The Alternative English Dictionary: Arthur

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etymology 1 From the name of the legendary king, probably related to Proto-Celtic *artos. Further suggestions include owl arth and ur. Latin origin has also been suggested. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɑɹθɹ̩/
  • (UK) /ˈɑːθə(ɹ)/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
    • 1380s-1390s, Geoffrey Chaucer, In tholde dayes of the king Arthour, / Of which that Britons speken greet honour, / All was this land fulfild of fayerye.
    • {{RQ:Shakespeare John}}: Act IV, Scene II: Young Arthur is alive: this hand of mine / Is yet a maiden and an innocent hand, / Not painted with the crimson spots of blood.
    • 1951 Graham Greene, The End of the Affair, Viking Press, page 96: "Is his name Arthur?" "Arthur James." "It’s quite an old-fashioned name." "We’re an old-fashioned family. His mother was fond of Tennyson."
    • 1966 Patrick White, The Solid Mandala, Avon Books (1975), ISBN 0380003759, page 270: "It will not be his only name," Mr. Saporta said, and his glance hoped he had found an acceptable solution. " We shall also call him 'Aaron'. That will be his Jewish name. But for everyday purposes—Arthur."
  2. {{surname}}
  3. A village in Illinois
  4. A city in Iowa
  5. A rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada
  6. A village in Nebraska
  7. A ghost town in Nevada
  8. A city in North Dakota
  9. A town and a community in Wisconsin
  • In continuous use as a given name since early Middle Ages. Popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
related terms:
  • King Arthur
etymology 2 After Arthur Guinness, famous brewer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) Guinness stout.
  • Often said as a "pint of Arthur".

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