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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. 2016.
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  • "Then it's Orson Vane," said the Professor, not so blind after all.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • "What the world calls 'Mormonism' will rule every nation," said Orson Hyde.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Brother Orson Pratt's horse is better and the day has passed without accident.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • If we were all as well as Orson Jobson, doctoring would be a poor profession.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • A struggling young railroad had succumbed to hard times out there, and Orson senior had been appointed receiver.

    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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