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[ahr-ther] /ˈɑr θər/
Chester Alan, 1830–86, 21st president of the U.S. 1881–85.
legendary king in ancient Britain: leader of the Knights of the Round Table.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you will go and get ready for dinner, Arthur, said Mrs. Vincent, I will light the lamp.

    Salem Chapel, v. 2/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • It only lingers now in the writings of Ouida and the poems of Arthur Symonds.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • "But must go soon after, as I have an engagement," added Arthur.

    Elsie's Womanhood Martha Finley
  • Arthur Manley whom a villain tries to ruin, is the hero of this book.

    Lilith Ada Langworthy Collier
  • A day or two later, Arthur Duncan came in for the third time.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for Arthur


a legendary king of the Britons in the sixth century ad, who led Celtic resistance against the Saxons: possibly based on a historical figure; represented as leader of the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot
Chester Alan. 1830–86, 21st president of the US (1881–85)
(Austral & NZ, informal) not know whether one is Arthur or Martha, to be in a state of confusion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Arthur

masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Arthurus/Arturus, from Welsh arth "bear," cognate with Greek arktos, Latin ursus (see Arctic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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