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Harris

[har-is] /ˈhær ɪs/
noun
1.
Benjamin, c1660–c1720, English journalist who published the first newspaper in America 1690.
2.
Frank, 1856–1931, U.S. writer, born in Ireland.
3.
Joel Chandler
[chan-dler,, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn dlər,, ˈtʃɑn-/ (Show IPA),
1848–1908, U.S. journalist, novelist, and short-story writer: creator of Uncle Remus.
4.
Julie, 1925–2013, U.S. actress.
5.
Louis, born 1921, U.S. public-opinion pollster and columnist.
6.
Mark, 1922–2007, U.S. novelist.
7.
Roy, 1898–1979, U.S. composer.
8.
Thaddeus William, 1795–1856, U.S. entomologist: pioneer in applied entomology.
9.
Zellig Sabbatai [zel-ig sah-buh tahy,, sab-uh-] /ˈzɛl ɪg ˈsɑˌbətaɪ,, ˈsæb ə-/ (Show IPA), 1909–92, U.S. linguist, born in Ukraine.
10.
a male given name.
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  • But after an interview with Harris he swallowed this wrath as best he might.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • There followed the most terrible moment in the life of Pee-wee Harris, Scout.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • It was a man, for I could smell the sweet peaty odour of his Harris tweeds.

  • I spoke out boldly, though I felt the eyes of Harris upon me.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • "You've upset Miss Harris," said the other lady, coming forward.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
British Dictionary definitions for Harris

Harris1

/ˈhærɪs/
noun
1.
the S part of the island of Lewis with Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. Pop: about 3000 (2001). Area: 500 sq km (190 sq miles)

Harris2

/ˈhærɪs/
noun
1.
Sir Arthur Travers, known as Bomber Harris. 1892–1984, British air marshal. He was commander-in-chief of Bomber Command of the RAF (1942–45)
2.
Frank. 1856–1931, British writer and journalist; his books include his autobiography My Life and Loves (1923–27) and Contemporary Portraits (1915–30)
3.
Joel Chandler. 1848–1908, US writer; creator of Uncle Remus
4.
Roy. 1898–1979, US composer, esp of orchestral and choral music incorporating American folk tunes
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Word Origin and History for Harris

popular surname, attested from c.1400, from Harry, popular medieval pronunciation of Henry. As a type of tweed (1892), it is from the name of the southern section of the island of Lewis with Harris in the Outer Hebrides; originally it referred to fabric produced by the inhabitants there, later a proprietary name. That place name represents Gaelic na-h-earaidh "that which is higher," in comparison to the lower Lewis. Harrisburg, capital of Pennsylvania, is named for ferryman John Harris (1727-1791), son of the original European settler.

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