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Walter

[vahl-ter for 1; wawl-ter for 2, 3] /ˈvɑl tər for 1; ˈwɔl tər for 2, 3/
noun
1.
Bruno
[broo-noh] /ˈbru noʊ/ (Show IPA),
(Bruno Schlesinger) 1876–1962, German opera and symphony conductor, in U.S. after 1939.
2.
Thomas Ustick
[yoo-stik] /ˈyu stɪk/ (Show IPA),
1804–87, U.S. architect.
3.
a male given name.
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  • Walter Butler was most perfectly built--a living picture of grace.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • As the ladies rose, Walter came to me with outstretched hand.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Poor child—you know I've always felt just the way she does, Walter.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • "But some of Pepsy's ideas and plans have been very big, Walter," his aunt said ruefully.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • That is what is bringing lots and lots of people along our road to-day, Walter.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for Walter

Walter

noun
1.
(German) (ˈvaltər). Bruno (ˈbruːno), real name Bruno Walter Schlesinger. 1876–1962, US conductor, born in Germany: famous for his performances of Haydn, Mozart, and Mahler
2.
(ˈwɔːltə). John. 1739–1812, English publisher; founded The Daily Universal Register (1785), which in 1788 became The Times
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Word Origin and History for Walter

masc. proper name, from Old North French Waltier (Old French Gautier), of Germanic origin; cf. Old High German Walthari, Walthere, literally "ruler of the army," from waltan "to rule" (see wield) + hari "host, army" (see harry). Walter Mitty (1939) is from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by U.S. short story writer James Thurber (1894-1961).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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