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[em-er-suh n] /ˈɛm ər sən/
Ralph Waldo
[wawl-doh,, wol-] /ˈwɔl doʊ,, ˈwɒl-/ (Show IPA),
1803–82, U.S. essayist and poet.
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[em-er-soh-nee-uh n] /ˌɛm ərˈsoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
pro-Emersonian, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I cannot imagine any other author doing for me just what the essays of Emerson did.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • "I have no further steps to take," interrupted Mr. Emerson, frigidly.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Franklin and Emerson maintained theirs with a convincing ease, an inspiring joy.

    Discourses in America Matthew Arnold
  • "You will find the information I have given you correct," said Mr. Emerson, rising.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • By the poet, Emerson is careful to say that he means the potential or ideal man, not found now in any one person.

    Transcendentalism in New England Octavius Brooks Frothingham
British Dictionary definitions for Emerson


Ralph Waldo. (rælf ˈwɔːldəʊ). 1803–82, US poet, essayist, and transcendentalist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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