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[an-tuh-nee for 1, 2; an-thuh-nee for 3; an-thuh-nee or, esp. British, -tuh- for 4] /ˈæn tə ni for 1, 2; ˈæn θə ni for 3; ˈæn θə ni or, esp. British, -tə- for 4/
Saint, a.d. 251?–356? Egyptian hermit: founder of Christian monasticism.
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[brou-nel] /ˈbraʊ nɛl/ (Show IPA),
1820–1906, U.S. reformer and suffragist.
a male given name: from Latin Antonius, a family name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even when the hour for starting arrived, there was no Anthony, no message from Anthony.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • As I thought of Anthony, Mrs. East came and stood beside me.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • "I don't know," I left Anthony to answer; wondering what he would say.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • When I had polished them off, Anthony shook his green-turbaned head.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • In vain Anthony lifted her tea-cup and the muffin-plate to her for consolation.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for Anthony


Saint. ?251–?356 ad, Egyptian hermit, commonly regarded as the founder of Christian monasticism. Feast day: Jan 17
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Word Origin and History for Anthony

masc. proper name, from Latin Antonius, name of a Roman gens (with excrescent -h- probably suggested by many Greek loan words beginning anth-, e.g. anthros "flower," anthropos "man"); St. Anthony (4c.), Egyptian hermit, patron saint of swineherds, to whom one of each litter was usually vowed, hence Anthony for "smallest pig of the litter (1660s; in condensed form tantony pig from 1590s). St. Anthony's Fire (1520s), popular name for erysipelas, is said to be so called from the tradition that those who sought his intercession recovered from that distemper during a fatal epidemic in 1089.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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