[al-jer-nuh n, -non]


a male given name: from an Old North French word meaning “whiskered.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for algernon

Historical Examples of algernon

  • The echo of that derision was soon lost in the jingle of Algernon's guineas.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • Algernon Sidney, beheaded on Tower Hill, was his descendant.

  • And, handing his card to one of Sir Algernon's companions, he strode out of the hall.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • Presently Sir Algernon ceased to kick, his struggles grew fainter.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • By her light I am inditing these words to thee, my Algernon.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

    William Makepeace Thackeray

Word Origin and History for algernon


masc. proper name, literally "with mustaches," from Old French als gernons, from a les "to the, with the" + gernon, variant of grenon "mustache," from Vulgar Latin *granonem, from a Germanic source (cf. Old English granu "mustache").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper