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[em-ee] /ˈɛm i/
noun, plural Emmys.
(sometimes lowercase) any of several statuettes awarded annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for excellence in television programming, production, or performance.
Also, Emmie. a female given name, form of Emma.
Can be confused
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. Unabridged
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  • Then, silent and unsubstantial as a shadow, Emmy Turnbull slipped into her seat.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • But what for, Emmy Lou 7never knew, until after the others began to do it.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • The remaining animal was Emmy's son, a half-broken colt, whose only virtue was that he would not stray very far from his mother.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • Emmy Lou held her breath, stiffened her little body, and—waited.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • So they cease their sinning, Emmy; and as long as I am in torment, I may hope for grace.

British Dictionary definitions for Emmy


noun (pl) -mys, -mies
(in the US) one of the gold-plated statuettes awarded annually for outstanding television performances and productions
Word Origin
C20: alteration of Immy, short for image orthicon tube
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Emmy

statuette awarded by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1949, said to be an alteration of Immy, from image.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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