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Davis

[dey-vis] /ˈdeɪ vɪs/
noun
1.
Alexander Jackson, 1803–92, U.S. architect.
2.
Benjamin Oliver, 1877–1970, U.S. military officer: first black Army brigadier general.
3.
his son, Benjamin Oliver, Jr. 1912–2002, U.S. military officer: first black Air Force lieutenant general.
4.
Bette
[bet-ee] /ˈbɛt i/ (Show IPA),
(Ruth Elizabeth Davis) 1908–89, U.S. film actress.
5.
Dwight F(illey)
[fil-ee] /ˈfɪl i/ (Show IPA),
1879–1945, U.S. tennis player and public official: donor of the Davis Cup (1900), an international tennis trophy; Secretary of War 1925–29.
6.
Elmer (Holmes) 1890–1958, U.S. radio commentator and author.
7.
Jefferson, 1808–89, U.S. statesman: president of the Confederate States of America 1861–65.
8.
Also, Davys. John, c1550–1605, English navigator and explorer.
9.
John William, 1873–1955, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.
10.
Miles (Dewey, III) 1926–91, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
11.
Owen, 1874–1956, U.S. playwright.
12.
Richard Harding, 1864–1916, U.S. journalist, novelist, and playwright.
13.
Stuart, 1894–1964, U.S. painter and illustrator.
14.
a town in central California.
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  • Miss Davis will show you the ropes before she leaves on the first of October.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • Mr. Paine did not admire Mrs. Davis, and was not likely to be influenced by her prejudices.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • No, boy, mind yourself way from here now, I got to hunt up dat tune for Miss Davis.

  • "None of your impertinent insinuations, you young rascal," said Mr. Davis, hotly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • When the door closed after him, Annesley Beecher walked the room, discussing with himself the meaning of Davis's late words.

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British Dictionary definitions for Davis

Davis

/ˈdeɪvɪs/
noun
1.
Sir Andrew (Frank). born 1944, British conductor; chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1989–2000) and of the Chicago Lyric Opera from 2000
2.
Bette (ˈbɛtɪ), real name Ruth Elizabeth Davis. 1908–89, US film actress, whose films include Of Human Bondage (1934), Jezebel (1938) for which she won an Oscar, All About Eve (1950), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Nanny (1965), and The Whales of August (1987)
3.
Sir Colin (Rex). 1927–2013, English conductor, noted for his interpretation of the music of Berlioz
4.
Jefferson. 1808–89, president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (1861–65)
5.
Joe. 1901–78, English billiards and snooker player: world champion from 1927 to 1946
6.
John. Also called: John Davys. ?1550–1605, English navigator: discovered the Falkland Islands (1592); searched for a Northwest Passage
7.
Miles (Dewey). 1926–91, US jazz trumpeter and composer
8.
Steve. born 1957, English snooker player: world champion 1981, 1983–84, 1987–89
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