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[boid] /bɔɪd/
a male given name: from a Gaelic word meaning “light.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the interior, as described by Mr. Boyd, entirely changes the scene.

  • I was up in front, with Lieutenant Boyd and his fellow officers.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • "No wonder; your make-up is perfect," declared Boyd heartily.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • "You have developed a New England conscience," growled Boyd.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • Warren met with no better success when he made inquiries at Boyd's house.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for Boyd


Arthur. 1920–99, Australian painter and sculptor, noted for his large ceramic sculptures and his series of engravings
Martin (A'Beckett). 1893–1972, Australian novelist, author of Lucinda Brayford (1946) and of the Langton tetralogy The Cardboard Crown (1952), A Difficult Young Man (1955), Outbreak of Love (1957), and When Blackbirds Sing (1962)
Sir Michael. born 1955, British theatre director; artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2003
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Boyd

in many cases, the family name represents Gaelic or Irish buidhe "yellow," suggesting blond hair, cf. Manx name Mac Giolla Buidhe (c.1100).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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