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masc. personal name, from Late Latin Georgius, from Greek Georgos "husbandman, farmer," from ge "earth" + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)).
The name introduced in England by the Crusaders (a vision of St. George played a key role in the First Crusade), but not common until after the Hanoverian succession (18c.). St. George began to be recognized as patron of England in time of Edward III, perhaps because of his association with the Order of the Garter (see garter). His feast day, April 23, was made a holiday in 1222. The legend of his combat with the dragon is first found in "Legenda Aurea" (13c.). The exclamation by (St.) George! is recorded from 1590s.
W. Indies island, discovered by Columbus Aug, 15, 1498, and named by him Concepción, the place later was renamed for the old Spanish kingdom or city of Granada, which is said to be from Latin granatum "pomegranate," either from fruit grown in the region or from some fancied resemblance. Others connect the name to Moorish karnattah. The Roman name, Illiberis, is said to be Iberian and represent cognates of Basque hiri "town" + berri "new," and survive in the name of the surrounding Sierra Elvira.
Note: In 1983, President Ronald Reagan of the United States ordered an invasion of the island, allegedly to protect some one thousand American citizens from Cuban military personnel on the island.
To invite to sexual activity; proposition: One of the girls georged him, just for kicks (1950s+ Black)
(also george) Excellent; great; superb: She's real George all the way (1951+ Teenagers)interjection
by george (1731+)noun
[aviation sense because George became the term for any airman in the British forces, like ''Jack'' for a sailor and ''Tommy'' for a soldier]
king of Bohemia from 1458. As head of the conservative Utraquist faction of Hussite Protestants, he established himself as a power when Bohemia was still under Habsburg rule, and he was thereafter unanimously elected king by the estates. A nationalist and Hussite king of a prosperous state, he incurred the enmity of the papacy and Bohemia's Roman Catholic neighbours, which finally destroyed his power