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Oscar

[os-ker] /ˈɒs kər/
Trademark.
1.
one of a group of statuettes awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion-picture production and performance.
Compare Academy Award.
Origin
allegedly named in 1931 by an employee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, after her uncle

Oscar

[os-ker] /ˈɒs kər/
noun
1.
a word used in communications to represent the letter O.
2.
a male given name: from Old English words meaning “god” and “spear.”.
3.
Military. the NATO designation for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet attack submarine armed with 24 antiship cruise missiles.

Oscar

[os-ker] /ˈɒs kər/
noun
1.
one of a series of small communications satellites, launched into polar orbit as piggyback passengers on U.S. launch vehicles, for unrestricted use by radio amateurs.
Origin
1980-85; o(rbiting) s(atellite) c(arrying) a(mateur) r(adio)

Oscar II

noun
1.
1829–1907, king of Sweden 1872–1907; king of Norway 1872–1905.
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  • Curtis has spoken in the past of his disappointment at never being awarded an Oscar.
British Dictionary definitions for Oscar

oscar

/ˈɒskə/
noun
1.
(Austral, slang, rare) cash; money
Word Origin
C20: rhyming slang, from Oscar Asche (1871–1936), Australian actor

Oscar

/ˈɒskə/
noun
1.
  1. any of several small gold statuettes awarded annually in the United States by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in films Official name Academy Award
  2. (sometimes not capital) an award made in recognition of outstanding endeavour in any of various other fields: the TV Oscars
2.
(without capital) any annual award for excellence
3.
(communications) a code word for the letter o
Word Origin
C20: sense 1 said to have been named after a remark made by an official on first seeing the statuette, that it reminded her of her uncle Oscar

Oscar II

noun
1.
1829–1907, king of Sweden (1872–1907) and of Norway (1872–1905)
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Word Origin and History for Oscar

masc. proper name, Old English Osgar "god's spear," from gar "spear" (see gar) + os "god" (only in personal names); see Asgard.

The statuette awarded for excellence in film acting, directing, etc., given annually since, 1928, first so called 1936. The name is said to have sprung from a 1931 remark by Margaret Herrick, secretary at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on seeing the statuette: "He reminds me of my Uncle Oscar." Thus the award would be named for Oscar Pierce, U.S. wheat farmer and fruit grower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Oscar in Culture

Oscar definition


A small statue given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to winners of its annual awards. (See Academy Awards.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for Oscar

Oscar

noun
  1. Any of a set of annual awards, and the statuette signifying it, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1931+)
  2. Any award

[said to have been coined by a woman named Margaret Herrick, who said that the figure reminded her of her Uncle Oscar Pierce, a farmer]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Oscar in Technology


1. Oregon State Conversational Aid to Research. Interactive numerical calculations, vectors, matrices, complex arithmetic, string operations, for CDC 3300. "OSCAR: A User's Manual with Examples", J.A. Baughman et al, CC, Oregon State U.
2. Object-oriented language used in the COMANDOS Project. "OSCAR: Programming Language Manual", TR, COMANDOS Project, Nov 1988.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for Oscar

OSCAR

Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio
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Encyclopedia Article for Oscar

Oscar II

king of Sweden from 1872 to 1907 and of Norway from 1872 to 1905

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