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[ses-uh l, sis- or for 5, see-suh l] /ˈsɛs əl, ˈsɪs- or for 5, ˈsi səl/
(Edgar Algernon) Robert (1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood) 1864–1958, British statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1937.
Robert (1st Earl of Salisburyand1st Viscount Cecil of Cranborne) 1563–1612, British statesman (son of William Cecil).
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-, Salisbury (def 1).
William (1st Baron Burghley or Burleigh) 1520–98, British statesman: adviser to Elizabeth I.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “blind.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Cecil had entered and was making his way to the Queen, followed by two strangers.

    A Ladder of Swords Gilbert Parker
  • But when they were fairly started on their journey Cecil was for a while inconsolable.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Cecil would not have been so strong against the risk and imprudence, if her wishes had been the other way.

    The Three Brides Charlotte M. Yonge
  • His study is so apart, he is writing, or out on business, or walking with Cecil.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Molly moves as though she would go to him; but Cecil, laying her hand upon her arm, wisely restrains her.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for Cecil


/ˈsɛsəl; ˈsɪs-/
Lord David. 1902–86, English literary critic and biographer
Robert. See (3rd Marquess of) Salisbury2
William. See (William Cecil) Burghley
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Cecil

masc. proper name, from Latin Caecilius (fem. Caecilia), name of a Roman gens, from caecus "blind."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Cocaine (1930s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Cecil in Technology

AN object-oriented language combining multi-methods with a classless object model, object-based encapsulation and optional static type checking. It distinguishes between subtyping and code inheritance. Includes both explicit and implicit parameterisation of objects, types, and methods.
["The Cecil Language: Specification and Rationale", C. Chambers, TR 93-03-05, U Wash (Mar 1993)].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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