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[vahl-ter for 1; wawl-ter for 2, 3] /ˈvɑl tər for 1; ˈwɔl tər for 2, 3/
[broo-noh] /ˈbru noʊ/ (Show IPA),
(Bruno Schlesinger) 1876–1962, German opera and symphony conductor, in U.S. after 1939.
Thomas Ustick
[yoo-stik] /ˈyu stɪk/ (Show IPA),
1804–87, U.S. architect.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Walter, in the other end of the boat, had not noticed the steersman before.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • W is for Walter, flying a kite; X is for Xerxes, a boy of great might.

  • When Walter reached his quarters, he at once sat down to write.

    Orange and Green G. A. Henty
  • There she saw Walter Haviland, blindfolded and with a rope about his waist.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Walter looked in that direction, and saw a broad glare of light.

    Orange and Green G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for Walter


(German) (ˈvaltər). Bruno (ˈbruːno), real name Bruno Walter Schlesinger. 1876–1962, US conductor, born in Germany: famous for his performances of Haydn, Mozart, and Mahler
(ˈwɔːltə). John. 1739–1812, English publisher; founded The Daily Universal Register (1785), which in 1788 became The Times
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Walter

masc. proper name, from Old North French Waltier (Old French Gautier), of Germanic origin; cf. Old High German Walthari, Walthere, literally "ruler of the army," from waltan "to rule" (see wield) + hari "host, army" (see harry). Walter Mitty (1939) is from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by U.S. short story writer James Thurber (1894-1961).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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