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Arthur

[ahr-ther] /ˈɑr θər/
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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  • "Sir Stephen is my elder brother, and I am Arthur, the second son," said the youth.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But the gentle, pathetic character of Arthur is all Shakespeare's.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • This Antonio is as tender-hearted and loving as young Arthur.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Arthur, who has just finished his studies, is still an ardent sailor.

  • The intention was kind, but the manner was so patronising that Arthur felt offended.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for Arthur

Arthur

/ˈɑːθə/
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.
(Austral & NZ, informal) not know whether one is Arthur or Martha, to be in a state of confusion
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Word Origin and History for Arthur

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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