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  1. Jonathan,1703–58, American clergyman and theologian.


  1. Prince of Wales and Duke of CornwallThe Black Prince, 1330–76, English military leader (son of Edward III).
  2. Lake, a lake in central Africa, between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a source of the Nile. 830 sq. mi. (2150 sq. km).
  3. a male given name: from Old English words meaning “rich, happy” and “guardian.”
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  • A new type of castle was introduced during the reigns of the three Edwards.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • But, recently, an extract from the younger Edwards was submitted to me.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • If my views cannot be refuted by Edwards, I may wait long for an "uglier customer."

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • I will have a talk with Mr. Edwards to-day, and explain matters to him.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • So he ate that meal in solitary state, waited upon by Edwards.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for edwards


  1. Gareth (Owen). born 1947, Welsh Rugby Union footballer: halfback for Wales (1967–78) and the British Lions (1968–74)
  2. Jonathan. 1703–58, American Calvinist theologian and metaphysician; author of The Freedom of the Will (1754)
  3. Jonathan. born 1966, British athlete: gold medallist in the triple jump at the Olympics (2000) and the World Championships (1995, 2001)


  1. Lake Edward a lake in central Africa, between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre) in the Great Rift Valley: empties through the Semliki River into Lake Albert. Area: about 2150 sq km (830 sq miles)Former official name: Lake Amin


  1. known as the Black Prince. 1330–76, Prince of Wales, the son of Edward III of England. He won victories over the French at Crécy (1346) and Poitiers (1356) in the Hundred Years' War
  2. Prince. born 1964, Earl of Wessex, third son of Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In 1999 he married Sophie Rhys-Jones (born 1965); their daughter Louise was born in 2003 and their son James in 2007
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Word Origin and History for edwards


masc. proper name, from Old English Eadweard, literally "prosperity-guard," from ead "wealth, prosperity" + weard "guardian" (see ward (n.)). Among the 10 most popular names for boys born in the U.S. every year from 1895 to 1930.

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