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[den-is] /ˈdɛn ɪs/
John, 1657–1734, English dramatist and critic.
a town in SE Massachusetts.
a male given name: from the Greek word meaning “of Dionysus.”. Unabridged
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  • It had crayon enlargements of Mrs. Dennis and the two small Dennises in the parlor and in the guest room and in Mr. Dennis' room.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • And Jim gazed back at Dennis as breathlessly and as tensely.

  • Uncle Dennis's recollections go back to the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

  • "I guess the experiment didn't work," Dennis began unsteadily.

  • "Bother these pencil games," said Dennis, taking an imaginary swing with a paper-knife.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for Dennis


C(larence) J(ames). 1876–1938, the poet of the Australian larrikin, esp in The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke (1915) and The Moods of Ginger Mick (1916)
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Word Origin and History for Dennis

masc. proper name, from French Denis, ultimately from Latin Dionysius, name of an important 6c. Church father, from Greek Dionysos, god of wine and revelry.

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