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[roo-fuh s] /ˈru fəs/
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “red-headed.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Rufus fell beside his startled horse, and died instantaneously.

  • Rufus, who was listening to the conference, nodded his head in gloomy assent.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Meanwhile Rufus had succeeded in making an arrangement which promised to add to his weekly income.

    Rufus and Rose Horatio Alger, Jr
  • Rufus folded the paper, sealed it, and handed it to the bewildered Randolph.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Rufus interposed a monosyllable now and then, but his thoughts in the main were far away from theirs.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • Behind his back Rufus shrugged his shoulders and left the room.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Swiftly she sped to the big apple tree where her trystings were held with Rufus, her playmate and lover.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
Word Origin and History for Rufus

masc. proper name, literally "red-haired," from Latin rufus (see rufous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Rufus in the Bible

red, the son of Simon the Cyrenian (Mark 15:21), whom the Roman soldiers compelled to carry the cross on which our Lord was crucified. Probably it is the same person who is again mentioned in Rom. 16:13 as a disciple at Rome, whose mother also was a Christian held in esteem by the apostle. Mark mentions him along with his brother Alexander as persons well known to his readers (Mark 15:21).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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