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Cornelius

[kawr-neel-yuh s, -nee-lee-uh s; for 2, 3 also German kawr-ney-lee-oo s] /kɔrˈnil yəs, -ˈni li əs; for 2, 3 also German kɔrˈneɪ liˌʊs/
noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 253, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 251–253.
2.
Peter von
[pey-tuh r fuh n] /ˈpeɪ tər fən/ (Show IPA),
1783–1867, German painter.
3.
a male given name: from a Roman family name.
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  • Cornelius was a youth of good abilities, and with a few good qualities.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Cornelius, leaving his mother, took refuge with his anger in his own room.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Cornelius was in fits of laughter, which he scarcely tried to choke.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • To the astonishment of Cornelius, when at last they rose to go, there were tears in her eyes.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • As little notion had his father that his son Cornelius was a black sheep.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
Word Origin and History for Cornelius

masc. proper name, from the name of a Roman gens.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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