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[yeyts] /yeɪts/
William Butler, 1865–1939, Irish poet, dramatist, and essayist: Nobel prize 1923.
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Yeatsian, adjective Unabridged
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  • Mr. Yeats is only the chief of those who draw from this source.

  • Years have shown that Yeats's appreciation was not as exaggerated as many might suppose.

  • Carl bought for her Yeats's poems, tucked it under his arm, and they trotted off.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • He doesn't like Yeats; what's more, he prints the news as often and as elaborately as possible.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Yeats may be an exception to the rule that a poet is as vain and as irritable as a tenor.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Yeats


Jack Butler. 1871–1957, Irish painter
his brother W(illiam) B(utler). 1865–1939, Irish poet and dramatist. His collections of verse include Responsibilities (1914), The Tower (1928), and The Winding Stair (1929). Among his plays are The Countess Cathleen (1892) and Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902); he was a founder of the Irish National Theatre Company at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1923
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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