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[neel-suh n] /ˈnil sən/
Carl August
[kahrl ou-goo st] /kɑrl ˈaʊ gʊst/ (Show IPA),
1865–1931, Danish composer.
Informal. Nielsen rating. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Upon my return to camp Nielsen was there, warming one hand over the camp-fire and holding a cup of coffee in the other.

  • Freya Nelson (or Nielsen) was the kind of girl one remembers.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Nielsen and Edd had not followed far before they heard a hound yelping in pain.

  • After Nielsen looked he said: "Never saw one so big in Norway."

  • Upon returning I found that Lee and Nielsen had wasted some shells.

British Dictionary definitions for Nielsen


/ˈniːlsən; Danish ˈnelsən/
Carl (August) (karl). 1865–1931, Danish composer. His works include six symphonies and the opera Masquerade (1906)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Nielsen

in reference to popularity ratings of TV and radio programs, 1951, named for U.S. market researcher Arthur Clarke Nielsen (1897-1980), founder of A.C. Nielsen Co., which evaluates viewership based on samplings of receiving sets.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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