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  1. an award given annually in various categories of mystery writing.

Origin of Edgar1

First recorded in 1945–50; named after Edgar Allan Poe


  1. a male given name: from Old English words meaning “rich, happy” and “spear.”
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  • She waved her hand to Edgar Vaughan, with a gesture of ethereal triumph.

    Sylph Etherege

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Some one said of Edgar Allan Poe that he did not know enough to be a great poet.

  • Lemuel and Edgar had always had a room together, but now Bemis was to have a cot there also.

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    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Captain Thad had had an Uncle Edgar, who had been very kind to him when a boy.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • At first he was called "Edgar" by his father and "Wilfred" by his mother.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for edgar


  1. 944–975 ad, king of Mercia and Northumbria (957–975) and of England (959–975)
  2. ?1074–1107, king of Scotland (1097–1107), fourth son of Malcolm III. He overthrew his uncle Donald to gain the throne
  3. David. born 1948, British dramatist, noted for political plays such as Destiny (1976), Maydays (1983), and Albert Speer (1999): he adapted (1980) Nicholas Nickleby and (1991) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for the RSC
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for edgar


masc. proper name, from Old English Ead-gar, literally "prosperity-spear," from ead "prosperity" + gar (see gar).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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