- a herring.
- a sauce or relish made from small herring or anchovies.
Origin of alec1
1510–20; < Latin (h)al(l)ec fish sauce
- a simpleton or fool.
Origin of alec2
1920–25; cf. smart aleck; sense shift perhaps originally from ironic usage
- a male given name, form of Alexander.
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Examples from the Web for alec
After signing on to the film, Moore enlisted the services of her 30 Rock costar Alec Baldwin to play her caring husband.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
It would be inaccurate though to call SIX a direct antidote to ALEC.
Vincent Fort, a state senator from Georgia, saw big differences between ALEC and SIX.
ALEC attracted corporations that saw an opportunity to push an agenda, regardless of ideology.
ALEC echoed the ideology of Charles Wilson, the first Defense Secretary in the Eisenhower administration.
To Alec Haskell I shall in this discourse again have occasion to refer.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Good old Alec, he didn't believe in anything he couldn't touch.
He would have to remember the pun to tell Alec Diger later, if there was a later.
No smart Alec gets the best of me, even if he has got a month's contract.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Now Alec Carmichael was on the staff of half a dozen hospitals.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham