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[jer-uh ld] /ˈdʒɛr əld/
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “spear” and “rule.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Gerald Raymount was a man of an unusual combination of qualities.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • For Gerald Raymount, it made a man of him—which he is not who is of no service to his generation.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Gerald Raymount went walking through the pine-woods on his hills.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • I have had no breakfast, and Gerald couldn't find his shirt.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • How Gerald and Tod contrived to do their lessons amidst it was a marvel to every one.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
Word Origin and History for Gerald

masc. proper name, introduced by the Normans, from Old French Giralt, from Old High German Gerwald, "spear-wielder," from Proto-Germanic *girald, from *ger "spear" + base of waltan "to rule" (cf. Old English wealdan). The name often was confused with Gerard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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