w. third e. rosse parsons

Parsons

[pahr-suhnz]
noun
1.
Talcott [tawl-kot, tal-] , 1902–79, U.S. sociologist and author.
2.
Theophilus, 1750–1813, U.S. jurist.
3.
William, Third Earl of Rosse, 1800–67, Irish astronomer.
4.
a town in SE Kansas.
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Parsons (ˈpɑːsənz)
 
n
1.  Sir Charles Algernon. 1854--1931, English engineer, who developed the steam turbine
2.  Gram, real name Cecil Connor. 1946--73 US country-rock singer and songwriter; founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers (1968--70), he later released the solo albums G.P. (1973) and Grievous Angel (1974)
3.  Talcott. 1902--79, US sociologist, author of The Structure of Social Action (1937) and The Social System (1951)

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parson
late 12c., from Anglo-Fr., O.Fr. persone "curate, parson" (12c.), from M.L. persona "parson" (see person). Ecclesiastical use obscure, may refer to the "person" legally holding church property, or it may be an abbreviation of persona ecclesiae "person of the church."
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