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[jef-ree] /ˈdʒɛf ri/
Francis ("Lord Jeffrey") 1773–1850, Scottish jurist, editor, and critic.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “divine peace.”. Unabridged
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  • I started with the purely tentative hypothesis that the person who signed the will was not Jeffrey Blackmore.

    The Mystery of 31 New Inn R. Austin Freeman
  • She and Jeffrey were always friends, although they met but seldom.

  • The distance wavered before Choate's eyes, He hated Jeffrey childishly because he could be so calm.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Mr. Jeffrey said so, who must certainly know,For he was the Edinburgh Prophet.

  • Who could tell, thought Jeffrey, what the fire might have revealed to one or both of these two as they went through it.

    The Shepherd of the North Richard Aumerle Maher
British Dictionary definitions for Jeffrey


Francis, Lord. 1773–1850, Scottish judge and literary critic. As editor of the Edinburgh Review (1803–29), he was noted for the severity of his criticism of the romantic poets, esp Wordsworth
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Word Origin and History for Jeffrey

masc. proper name, from Old French Jeufroi, Jefroi, variants of Geuffroi (see Geoffrey).

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