Anthony

[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/
noun
2.
Saint, a.d. 251?–356? Egyptian hermit: founder of Christian monasticism.
3.
Susan Brownell
[brou-nel] /ˈbraʊ nɛl/ (Show IPA),
1820–1906, U.S. reformer and suffragist.
4.
a male given name: from Latin Antonius, a family name.
British Dictionary definitions for Anthony
Anthony (ˈæntənɪ)
 
n
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
Anthony
masc. proper name, from L. Antonius, name of a Roman gens (with excrescent -h- probably suggested by many Gk. 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 so called from the tradition that those who sought his intercession recovered from that distemper during a fatal epidemic in 1089.
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