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[awr-suh n] /ˈɔr sən/
a male given name: from an Old French word meaning “bearlike.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If we were all as well as Orson Jobson, doctoring would be a poor profession.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • For two years life at Harvard was one long siesta to Orson Carver, 2d.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Orson Carver, 1st, ordered him to wake up and get to work at once.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • And Orson went West to "grow up young man with the country."

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Orson assured Tudie: "No woman exists who could come between us!"

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
Word Origin and History for Orson

masc. proper name, from French ourson, diminutive of ours "bear," from Latin ursus (see Arctic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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