jesse owens

Owens

[oh-uhnz]
noun
1.
Jesse (John Cleveland) 1913–80, U.S. athlete.
2.
a river in E California, flowing from the Sierra Nevada S to the Owens Valley basin: diverted to the Los Angeles Aqueduct. 120 miles (193 km) long.
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Owens (ˈəʊɪnz)
 
n
Jesse, real name John Cleveland Owens. 1913--80, US Black athlete: won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics (1936)

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Owen
Celtic proper name, ultimately from Gk. eugenes "well-born;" via Gael. Eoghann, O.Ir. Eogan, O.Welsh Eugein, Ougein. In Medieval records, frequently Latinized as Eugenius; the form Eugene emerged in Scotland by 1178. The Breton form Even led to modern Fr. Ivain. Owenite in ref. to the communistic system
of social reformer Robert Owen (1771-1858) is attested from 1829.
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