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wright

[rahyt] /raɪt/
noun
1.
a worker, especially a constructive worker (used chiefly in combination):
a wheelwright; a playwright.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English wryhta, metathetic variant of wyrhta worker; akin to work
Can be confused
right, rite, wright, write.

Wright

[rahyt] /raɪt/
noun
1.
Charles, born 1935, U.S. poet.
2.
Frances or Fanny, 1795–1852, U.S. abolitionist and social reformer, born in Scotland.
3.
Frank Lloyd, 1867–1959, U.S. architect.
4.
James, 1927–80, U.S. poet and translator.
5.
Joseph (Wright of Derby) 1734–97, English painter.
6.
Joseph, 1855–1935, English philologist and lexicographer.
7.
Mary Kathryn ("Mickey") born 1935, U.S. golfer.
8.
Orville
[awr-vil] /ˈɔr vɪl/ (Show IPA),
1871–1948, and his brother Wilbur, 1867–1912, U.S. aeronautical inventors.
9.
Richard, 1908–60, U.S. novelist.
10.
Russel
[ruhs-uh l] /ˈrʌs əl/ (Show IPA),
1904–76, U.S. industrial designer.
11.
Willard Huntington (S. S. Van Dine) 1888–1939, U.S. journalist, critic, and author.
12.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for wright

wright

/raɪt/
noun
1.
(now chiefly in combination) a person who creates, builds, or repairs something specified: a playwright, a shipwright
Word Origin
Old English wryhta, wyrhta; related to Old Frisian wrichta, Old Saxon, Old High German wurhtio. See work

Wright

/raɪt/
noun
1.
Frank Lloyd. 1869–1959, US architect, whose designs include the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (1916), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1943), and many private houses. His "organic architecture" sought a close relationship between buildings and their natural surroundings
2.
Joseph, known as Wright of Derby. 1734–97, British painter, noted for his paintings of industrial and scientific subjects, esp The Orrery (?1765) and The Air Pump (1768)
3.
Joseph. 1855–1930, British philologist; editor of The English Dialect Dictionary (1898–1905)
4.
Judith (Arundel). 1915–2000, Australian poet, critic, and conservationist. Her collections of poetry include The Moving Image (1946), Woman to Man (1949), and A Human Pattern (1990)
5.
Richard. 1908–60, US Black novelist and short-story writer, best known for the novel Native Son (1940)
6.
Wilbur (1867–1912) and his brother, Orville (1871–1948), US aviation pioneers, who designed and flew the first powered aircraft (1903)
7.
William, known as Billy. 1924–94, English footballer: winner of 105 caps
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Word Origin and History for wright
n.

Old English wryhta, wrihta "worker" (Northumbrian wyrchta, Kentish werhta), variant of earlier wyhrta, from wyrcan "to work" (see work). Now usually in combinations (wheelwright, playwright, etc.) or as a common surname. Common West Germanic; cf. Old Saxon wurhito, Old Frisian wrichta, Old High German wurhto.

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wright in Medicine

Wright (rīt), Sir Almroth Edward. 1861-1947.

British physician and pathologist who developed (1896) a vaccine against typhoid fever.

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