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[ur-nist] /ˈɜr nɪst/
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “vigor, intent.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At a signal from Ernest he increased the speed and soared upward.

    Battling the Clouds Captain Frank Cobb
  • Yet we don't wish Ernest or Antoun Effendi to run into danger, do we, dear?

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • "It matters not now, dear Ernest," I cried, pained by the torturing sighs that spoke the depth of his remorse.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • I can't put Ernest and Letty in the blue room, there's only the single bed.

    Joy (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • "Yes, some of the Geological Survey maps," said Ernest, opening up a chart case.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
Word Origin and History for Ernest

masc. proper name, from French Ernest, of German origin (cf. Old High German Ernust, German Ernst), literally "earnestness" (see earnest). Among the top 50 names for boys born in U.S. from 1880 through 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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