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a female given name, form of Elizabeth.


[fawrd, fohrd]
Elizabeth Bloomer ("Betty") 1918–2011, U.S. First Lady 1974–77 (wife of Gerald R. Ford).
Ford Madox [mad-uhks] , (Ford Madox Hueffer) 1873–1939, English novelist, poet, critic, and editor.
Gerald R(udolph, Jr.) (Leslie Lynch King, Jr) 1913–2006, U.S. political leader: congressman 1948–73; vice president 1973–74; 38th president of the U.S. 1974–77.
Guy Stanton, 1873–1963, U.S. historian, educator, and editor.
Henry, 1863–1947, U.S. automobile manufacturer.
John, 1586?–c1640, English playwright.
John (Sean O'Feeney) 1895–1973, U.S. film director.
a male given name.


Ben Ames [eymz] , 1889–1953, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Bert (Egbert Austin Williams) 1876?–1922, U.S. comedian and songwriter.
Charles Melvin (Cootie) 1910–85, U.S. jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Daniel Hale, 1858–1931, U.S. surgeon and educator: performed first successful heart surgery 1893.
Elizabeth ("Betty") born 1943, Northern Irish peace activist: Nobel prize 1976.
Emlyn [em-lin] , 1905–87, Welsh playwright and actor.
Eric Eustace, 1911–81, Trinidadian politician: first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago 1962–81.
G. Mennen [men-uhn] , 1911–88, U.S. politician and diplomat.
Hank, 1923–53, U.S. country-and-western singer, musician, and composer.
John Towner, born 1932, U.S. composer and conductor.
Ralph Vaughan, Vaughan Williams, Ralph.
Roger, 1603?–83, English clergyman in America: founder of Rhode Island colony 1636.
Serena, born 1981, U.S. tennis player (sister of Venus Williams).
Tennessee (Thomas Lanier Williams) 1911–83, U.S. dramatist.
Theodore Samuel ("Ted") 1918–2002, U.S. baseball player.
Venus, born 1980, U.S. tennis player (sister of Serena Williams).
William, 1731–1811, U.S. merchant and revolutionary statesman.
William Carlos [kahr-lohs] , 1883–1963, U.S. poet and novelist.
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Williams (ˈwɪljəmz)
1.  Hank, real name Hiram Williams. 1923--53, US country singer and songwriter. His songs (all 1948--52) include "Jambalaya", "Your Cheatin' Heart", and "Why Don't you Love me (like you Used to Do?)"
2.  John. born 1941, Australian classical guitarist, living in Britain
3.  John (Towner). born 1932, US composer of film music; his scores include those for Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), E.T. (1982), Schindler's List (1993), and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
4.  Ralph Vaughan. See (Ralph) Vaughan Williams
5.  Raymond (Henry). 1921--88, British literary critic and novelist, noted esp for such works as Culture and Society (1958) and The Long Revolution (1961), which offer a socialist analysis of the relationship between society and culture
6.  Robbie, full name Robert Peter Williams. born 1974, British pop singer and songwriter. A member of Take That (1990--95), he later found success with "Angels" (1997) and the albums Life Thru a Lens (1997), Swing When You're Winning (2001), and Escapology (2002)
7.  Robin (McLaurim). born 1951, US film actor and comedian; films include Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets' Society (1989), Mrs Doubtfire (1993), and Insomnia (2002)
8.  Rowan (Douglas). born 1950, Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002; formerly Archbishop of Wales (2000--02)
9.  Serena. born 1981, US tennis player: Wimbledon champion 2002--03; US champion 1999, 2002
10.  Tennessee, real name Thomas Lanier Williams. 1911--83, US dramatist. His plays include The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Night of the Iguana (1961)
11.  Venus. born 1980, US tennis player, sister of Serena Williams: Wimbledon champion 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007; US champion 2000--01
12.  William Carlos (ˈkɑːləs). 1883--1963, US poet, who formulated the poetic concept "no ideas but in things". His works include Paterson (1946--58), which explores the daily life of a man living in a modern city, and the prose work In the American Grain (1925)

ford (fɔːd)
1.  a shallow area in a river that can be crossed by car, horseback, etc
2.  (tr) to cross (a river, brook, etc) over a shallow area
[Old English; related to Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt ford, Latin porta door, portusport1]

Ford (fɔːd)
1.  Ford Maddox (ˈmædəks) original name Ford Madox Hueffer. 1873--1939, English novelist, editor, and critic; works include The Good Soldier (1915) and the war tetralogy Parade's End (1924--28).
2.  GeraldR(udolph). 1913--2006, US politician; 38th president of the US (1974--77)
3.  Harrison. born 1942, US film actor. His films include Star Wars (1977) and its sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels, Bladerunner (1982), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and What Lies Beneath (2000)
4.  Henry. 1863--1947, US car manufacturer, who pioneered mass production
5.  John. 1586--?1639, English dramatist; author of revenge tragedies such as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633)
6.  John, real name Sean O'Feeney. 1895--1973, US film director, esp of Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ford, from P.Gmc. *furdhus (cf. O.Fris. forda, O.H.G. furt, Ger. Furt "ford"), from PIE *prtus (cf. L. portus "harbor," originally "entrance, passage;" O.Welsh rit, Welsh rhyd "ford;" O.E. faran "to go;" see port (1)). The verb is attested from 1610s. Related: Forded;
fording. The line of automobiles is named for U.S. manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947).
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Ford definition

Mention is frequently made of the fords of the Jordan (Josh. 2:7; Judg. 3:28; 12:5, 6), which must have been very numerous; about fifty perhaps. The most notable was that of Bethabara. Mention is also made of the ford of the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22), and of the fords of Arnon (Isa. 16:2) and of the Euphrates (Jer. 51:32).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences for betty
Ann miller portrays coco, the landlady who welcomes betty to her wonderful new
Betty i must make a skeleton meatier using a crowbar covered in lettuce.
In at least one comic book story, betty is identified as a libra.
Occasionally, families hire betty to keep their elderly members company.
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