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Bess

[bes] /bɛs/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Elizabeth.

Truman

[troo-muh n] /ˈtru mən/
noun
1.
Elizabeth Virginia Wallace ("Bess") 1885–1982, U.S. First Lady 1945–53 (wife of Harry S Truman).
2.
Harry S, 1884–1972, 33rd president of the U.S. 1945–53.
3.
a male given name.
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  • Finally Bess felt as though she could not stand it a moment longer.

  • “I felt that Bess wanted exercise,” the girl answered evasively.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • The meal stood untouched, and even Bess looked pale and anxious.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He knew that there was little hope of Queen Bess winning the race.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • "You talk as if we were centipedes," said Bess, releasing Nan's foot and sitting up grumpily in the berth.

British Dictionary definitions for Bess

Truman

/ˈtruːmən/
noun
1.
Harry S. 1884–1972, US Democratic statesman; 33rd president of the US (1945–53). He approved the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Japan (1945), advocated the postwar loan to Britain, and involved the US in the Korean War
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Word Origin and History for Bess

Truman

surname, attested by 1215, literally "faithful man, trusty man."

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