w. brewster

Brewster

[broo-ster]
noun
1.
William, 1560?–1644, Pilgrim settler: leader of the colonists at Plymouth.
2.
a male given name.
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Brewster (ˈbruːstə)
 
n
Sir David. 1781--1868, Scottish physicist, noted for his studies of the polarization of light

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brewster
early 13c. as a surname, probably originally "a female brewer" (even though most of the early surnames on the records are of men), from brew + -ster. Cf. O.Fr. braceresse "female brewer."
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