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[er-ik] /ˈɛr ɪk/
a male given name: ultimately from Germanic words meaning “one” and “ruler.”.


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  • Sinister barrier is a science fiction novel by author Eric frank russell.
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  • Just before the run started Eric sykes was taken ill and hospitalised.
  • Del and Eric were combined and the final name became derek and the dominos.
  • The sisterhood of the traveling pants Eric is a student at columbia.
British Dictionary definitions for Eric


(in old Irish law) a fine paid by a murderer to the family of his victim Compare wergild
Word Origin
C16: from Irish eiric
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Word Origin and History for Eric

masc. proper name, from Old Norse Eirikr, literally "honored ruler," from Proto-Germanic *aiza- "honor" + *rik- "ruler" (see regal). The German form is Erich.

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