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[oh-brahy-uh n] /oʊˈbraɪ ən/
Edna, born 1932, Irish novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. Unabridged
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  • "A fine story that is, Mrs. O'Brien," Terence said, when the old woman had finished.

    Fairies and Folk of Ireland William Henry Frost
  • Sir, there is no Lieutenant O'Brien in there, nor elsewhere in this house; there never has been.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Lieut. O'Brien entered a dug-out and captured one of its inmates.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3) Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  • There is a man called O'Brien, who mismanages my uncle's affairs.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • He suddenly sat straight in his chair; O'Brien behind him scrutinized my face—to see how I should bear what was coming.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for O'Brien


Conor Cruise. 1917–2008, Irish diplomat and writer. As an Irish Labour MP he served in the coalition government of 1973–77, becoming a senator (1977–79). He edited the Observer (1978–81)
Edna. born 1936, Irish novelist. Her books include The Country Girls (1960), Johnny I Hardly Knew You (1977), and In the Forest (2002)
Flann, real name Brian O'Nolan. 1911–66, Irish novelist and journalist. His novels include At Swim-Two-Birds (1939) and the posthumously published The Third Policeman (1967). As Myles na Gopaleen he wrote a satirical column for the Irish Times
Kerry. born 1945. Australian journalist and broadcaster
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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