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[ash-lee] /ˈæʃ li/
a male or female given name. Unabridged
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  • If it was too late for this gentleman's letter, it was too late for Mr. Ashley's.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Of course, it was absolutely necessary to abandon the flat in Ashley Gardens.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • In that manufactory Mr. Ashley was William's master, and he believed he had no resource but to comply with his desire.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "You exceeded orders, and you ought to be court-martialed," said General Ashley.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • Nothing of this was in Ashley's mind as he watched the water lapping at the beach-side of the transports.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
British Dictionary definitions for Ashley


Jack, Baron. 1922–2012, British Labour politician and campaigner for deaf and disabled people
Laura. 1925–85, British designer, who built up a successful chain of retail stores selling dresses and fabrics based on traditional English patterns
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Word Origin and History for Ashley

fem. proper name, all but unknown before c.1965; one of the most popular names for girls born in U.S. from c.1980; evidently inspired by the surname Ashley, Ashleigh (attested from 12c.), which means "clearing among the ash trees," from Old English æsc + leah (see ash (n.2) + lea).

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