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harper

[hahr-per] /ˈhɑr pər/
noun
1.
a person who plays the harp.
2.
a person who harps on a subject.
3.
Numismatics. harp (def 5).
Origin of harper
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hearpere. See harp, -er1

Harper

[hahr-per] /ˈhɑr pər/
noun
1.
James, 1795–1869, and his brothers John, 1797–1875, (Joseph) Wesley, 1801–70, and Fletcher, 1806–77, U.S. printers and publishers.
2.
a male or female given name.
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  • Give me my harper's cloak, and I will play a part at this wedding.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • Hold your tongue, old Ketch, or I'll call Mr. harper down to you.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Arthur burst into laughter when he discovered that it was harper, the lay-clerk.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Major harper, the oldest, most refined and most soldierly of them all, was also the handsomest.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • When they reached ours Miss harper was again at their front.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for harper

Harper

/ˈhɑːpə/
noun
1.
Stephen (Joseph). Born 1959. Canadian statesman; prime minister from 2006
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Word Origin and History for harper
n.

Old English hearpere, agent noun from harp (v.). As a surname, from late 12c.

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