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male proper name, from Welsh Llywelin, often explained as "lion-like," but probably from llyw "leader."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • llewelyn broke down the bridge of Builth, but was closely followed by the English forces, who fruitlessly attempted to gain it.

  • The pious llewelyn began his song from the rude and shapeless chaos.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The long reign of llewelyn the son of Jorwerth seemed destined to realize the hopes of his countrymen.

  • The song of llewelyn was heard by the shepherds with reverence and mute attention.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Troubles at home were calling off both father and son from the Welsh war, and thus llewelyn secured his virtual triumph.

  • But llewelyn's foot was on the outward edge of the fairy-ring.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Amazed and incredulous, it was some time before llewelyn could recall to mind the weird prophecy his mother had repeated to him.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • Who like llewelyn now remains, To shield from wrong his native plains?

    The Cambrian Sketch-Book R. Rice Davies
  • Mr. llewelyn, an elderly man, as I have said, hesitated before speaking.

    The Terror Arthur Machen
  • They had their leader, the brave prince llewelyn; but the fruit was not yet ripe.

    The Cambrian Sketch-Book R. Rice Davies

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