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[pur-suh-vuh l] /ˈpɜr sə vəl/
Also, Perceval, Percivale. Arthurian Romance. a knight of King Arthur's court who sought the Holy Grail: comparable to Parzival or Parsifal in Teutonic legend.
a male given name: from Old French words meaning “pierce” and “valley.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was arranged that Mr. Percival should see me again in three days.

  • Martin,” said Percival, “when are you to teach me to fire the rifle?

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • What right had Percival Heron to write letters to Elizabeth?

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant
  • Was there ever a walnut—I mean was there ever a Mr. Percival who lived here?

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • I had a mind to ask a boon of Sir Percival yet I can see no reason why it would interfere with your going.

  • The conversation dropped, and Mr Percival resumed his newspaper.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • "I've no objection to that feeling in the present case, as the hill happens to be a very little one," Percival replied.

  • It matters little who did it, Percival; but, yes, it was your friend Evson.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • The time for suspecting the Count's interference will be the time when you have Sir Percival at your mercy.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • Perhaps you have also heard of the losses of my son Percival at the Vesper Club.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
British Dictionary definitions for Percival


(in Arthurian legend) a knight in King Arthur's court German equivalent Parzival
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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