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Parry

[par-ee] /ˈpær i/
noun
1.
Milman, 1902–35, U.S. classical scholar and philologist.
2.
William Edward, 1790–1855, English arctic explorer.
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British Dictionary definitions for w. edward parry

parry

/ˈpærɪ/
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
1.
to ward off (an attack) by blocking or deflecting, as in fencing
2.
(transitive) to evade (questions), esp adroitly
noun (pl) -ries
3.
an act of parrying, esp (in fencing) using a stroke or circular motion of the blade
4.
a skilful evasion, as of a question
Word Origin
C17: from French parer to ward off, from Latin parāre to prepare

Parry

/ˈpærɪ/
noun
1.
Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings). 1848–1918, English composer, noted esp for his choral works
2.
Sir William Edward. 1790–1855, English arctic explorer, who searched for the Northwest Passage (1819–25) and attempted to reach the North Pole (1827)
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Word Origin and History for w. edward parry
parry
1634, from Fr. parez! (which commonly would have been heard in fencing lessons), imper. of parer "ward off," from It. parare "to ward or defend a blow," from L. parare "make ready, prepare" (see pare). Non-fencing use is from 1718.
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