- a female given name.
- Elizabeth,1911–79, U.S. poet.
- HazelGladys, 1906–1998, U.S. chemist and businesswoman.
- John Peale,1892–1944, U.S. poet and essayist.
- Morris (Gilbert),1893–1973, U.S. humorist, poet, and biographer.
- William AveryBilly, 1894–1956, Canadian aviator: helped to establish Canadian air force.
Examples from the Web for gladys
I was playing with Gladys Knight and Lou Rawls, and I had done Dreamgirls.‘American Idol’ Bandleader Rickey Minor on His Favorite Performance and What It Takes to Win
May 20, 2014
Ritchie also cited the case of Gladys Spellman, a Maryland congressman.Why Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Leave of Absence Was Allowed
November 23, 2012
The Zimmermans, George and his parents, Robert and Gladys, moved to Florida from the Manassas, Va., area about 10 years ago.George Zimmerman, the Man Who Shot Trayvon Martin, Profiled by Family and Neighbors
March 21, 2012
The show made Cornelius a television icon, and featured top black artists including Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls, and Barry White.Legendary ‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Battled Demons in Final Years
Christine Pelisek, Allison Samuels
February 2, 2012
Jamie and Gladys, both of whom were first-time offenders, were sentenced to life.The Scott Sisters' Life Sentence for $11
December 31, 2010
"I should have thought it would have been Gladys," the other suggested.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
But no one ever stopped and said, 'What a beautiful child,' as they do when they see Gladys.
Gladys is afraid of dogs and she screams when she sees a mouse.
She looked like Gladys' grandmother, only not so comfortable, Mary Rose thought.
"That's all Gladys ever has," Mary Rose told him importantly.
- (in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Greek Orthodox Churches) a clergyman having spiritual and administrative powers over a diocese or province of the ChurchSee also suffragan Related adjective: episcopal
- (in some Protestant Churches) a spiritual overseer of a local church or a number of churches
- a chesspiece, capable of moving diagonally over any number of unoccupied squares of the same colour
- mulled wine, usually port, spiced with oranges, cloves, etc
- Elizabeth . 1911–79, US poet, who lived in Brazil. Her poetry reflects her travelling experience, esp in the tropics
Word Origin and History for gladys
fem. proper name, Welsh Gwladys, probably a Brythonified form of Latin Claudia (q.v.).
Old English bisceop "bishop, high priest (Jewish or pagan)," from Late Latin episcopus, from Greek episkopos "watcher, overseer," a title for various government officials, later taken over in a Church sense, from epi- "over" (see epi-) + skopos "watcher," from skeptesthai "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Given a specific sense in the Church, but the word also was used in the New Testament as a descriptive title for elders, and continues as such in some non-hierarchical Christian sects.
A curious example of word-change, as effected by the genius of different tongues, is furnished by the English bishop and the French évêque. Both are from the same root, furnishing, perhaps the only example of two words from a common stem so modifying themselves in historical times as not to have a letter in common. (Of course many words from a far off Aryan stem are in the same condition.) The English strikes off the initial and terminal syllables, leaving only piscop, which the Saxon preference for the softer labial and hissing sounds modified into bishop. Évêque (formerly evesque) merely softens the p into v and drops the last syllable. [William S. Walsh, "Handy-Book of Literary Curiosities," Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1892]
Late Latin episcopus in Spanish became obispo. Cognate with Old Saxon biscop, Old High German biscof. The chess piece (formerly archer, before that alfin) was so called from 1560s.
- American microbiologist. He shared a 1989 Nobel Prize for discovering a sequence of genes that can cause cancer when mutated.
- American molecular biologist who, working with Harold Varmus, discovered oncogenes. For this work, Bishop and Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.