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[kel-ee] /ˈkɛl i/
noun, plural kellies, kellys. Slang.
a man's stiff hat, as a derby or straw skimmer.
Origin of kelly
First recorded in 1910-15; generic use of surname Kelly, taken as representative of a stage Irishman wearing such a derby


[kel-ee] /ˈkɛl i/
Ellsworth, born 1923, U.S. painter and sculptor.
Emmett (Leo) 1898–1979, U.S. circus clown and pantomimist.
Eugene Curran [kur-uh n,, kuhr-] /ˈkɜr ən,, ˈkʌr-/ (Show IPA), ("Gene") 1912–96, U.S. dancer, choreographer, actor, and director.
George (Edward) 1887–1974, U.S. playwright and actor.
Grace Patricia (Princess Grace of Monaco) 1929–82, U.S. actress: married Prince Rainier III of Monaco 1956.
Walt, 1913–73, U.S. cartoonist.
Also, Kellie. a male or female given name. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kelly
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  • He stopped; not being able, just at the moment, to think of anything more to say about kelly.

    Her Prairie Knight B.M. Sinclair, AKA B. M. Bower
  • "Mr. kelly can see you now, Mr. Tinker," she said, all calmed down again.

    Tinker's Dam Joseph Tinker
  • As stated, this was the plan; but after receiving the contraltos message, Mr. kelly decided upon amendments.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Father kelly says everybody's put into this world for something, and I know what I've got to do.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • And what gentlemen are these, Mrs. kelly, who have so filled your house?

British Dictionary definitions for kelly


Gene, full name Eugene Curran Kelly. 1912–96, US dancer, choreographer, film actor, and director. His many films include An American in Paris (1951) and Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Grace. 1929–82, US film actress. Her films included High Noon (1952) and High Society (1956). She married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 and died following a car crash
Ned. 1855–80, Australian horse and cattle thief and bushranger, active in Victoria: captured by the police and hanged
game as Ned Kelly, as game as Ned Kelly, See game1 (sense 25)
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Word Origin and History for kelly


common Irish surname, from Old Irish ceallach "war." As a type of pool played with 15 balls, it is attested from 1898. Kelly green first recorded 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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