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[den-is] /ˈdɛn ɪs/
John, 1657–1734, English dramatist and critic.
a town in SE Massachusetts.
a male given name: from the Greek word meaning “of Dionysus.”. Unabridged
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  • "For Miss Dennis," said the messenger; but she handed the card to Mrs. Roberts.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "My name is 'Dennis,' if I don't beat that freight," she retorted curtly.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • It was on these stairs that Barnaby, Hugh, and Dennis were posted.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • See this Dennis, and learn from him what he has not trusted to me.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Mr Dennis coughed and shook his head, as who should say, 'A mystery indeed!'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for Dennis


C(larence) J(ames). 1876–1938, the poet of the Australian larrikin, esp in The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke (1915) and The Moods of Ginger Mick (1916)
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Word Origin and History for Dennis

masc. proper name, from French Denis, ultimately from Latin Dionysius, name of an important 6c. Church father, from Greek Dionysos, god of wine and revelry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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