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Arthur

[ahr-ther]
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noun
  1. Chester Alan,1830–86, 21st president of the U.S. 1881–85.
  2. legendary king in ancient Britain: leader of the Knights of the Round Table.
  3. a male given name.
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Arthur

noun
  1. a legendary king of the Britons in the sixth century ad, who led Celtic resistance against the Saxons: possibly based on a historical figure; represented as leader of the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot
  2. Chester Alan. 1830–86, 21st president of the US (1881–85)
  3. not know whether one is Arthur or Martha Australian and NZ informal to be in a state of confusion
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Word Origin and History for arthur

Arthur

masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Arthurus/Arturus, from Welsh arth "bear," cognate with Greek arktos, Latin ursus (see Arctic).

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