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Oswald

[oz-wawld]
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  1. Lee Harvey,1939–63, designated by a presidential commission to be the lone assassin of John F. Kennedy.
  2. a male given name.
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Oswald

noun
  1. Lee Harvey. 1939–63, presumed assassin (1963) of US president John F. Kennedy; murdered by Jack Ruby two days later
  2. Saint. ?605–41 ad, king of Northumbria (634–41); with St Aidan he restored Christianity to the region. He was killed in battle by Penda of Mercia. Feast day: Aug 5
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Word Origin and History for oswald

Oswald

masc. proper name, from Old English Osweald "god-power, god-ruler," from Old English os "god" (only in personal names), from PIE *ansu- "spirit" (see Oscar) + Old English (ge)weald "power."

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