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[ed-suh l] /ˈɛd səl/
a male given name: from Old English words meaning “rich” and “hall.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Word Origin and History for Edsel

the make of car was introduced 1956, named for Henry and Clara Ford's only child; figurative sense of "something useless and unwanted" is almost as old. Edsel is a family name, attested since 14c. (William de Egeshawe), from High Edser in Ewhurst, Surrey.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Something useless; a fiasco: We have to win out. We're not selling Edsels, you know

[1950s+; fr the Edsel car, so named in 1956, which fell short of commercial success]

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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