[ al-uhn ]

  1. (Charles) Grant (Blair·fin·die) [blair-fin-dee], /blɛərˈfɪn di/, "Cecil Power"; "J. Arbuthnot Wilson", 1848–99, British philosophical writer and novelist.

  2. Ethan, 1738–89, American soldier in the Revolutionary War: leader of the “Green Mountain Boys” of Vermont.

  1. Fred John Florence Sullivan, 1894–1956, U.S. comedian.

  2. Frederick Lewis, 1890–1954, U.S. historian and editor.

  3. Gracie Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen, 1905–64, U.S. comedian (partner and wife of George Burns).

  4. Richard, 1760–1831, U.S. clergyman: a founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

  5. William, 1532–1594, English Catholic cardinal in exile.

  6. (William) Her·vey [hur-vee], /ˈhɜr vi/, 1889–1949, U.S. novelist, poet, and biographer.

  7. Woody Allen Stewart Konigsberg, born 1935, U.S. comedian, author, actor, and filmmaker.

  8. a male given name.

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British Dictionary definitions for Allen (1 of 2)


/ (ˈælən) /

  1. Bog of Allen a region of peat bogs in central Ireland, west of Dublin. Area: over 10 sq km (3.75 sq miles)

  2. Lough Allen a lake in Ireland, in county Leitrim

British Dictionary definitions for Allen (2 of 2)


/ (ˈælən) /

  1. Ethan. 1738–89, American soldier during the War of Independence who led the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont

  2. Lily (Rose Beatrice), born 1985, English pop singer; one of the first performers to come to prominence through exposure on the networking website MySpace rather than through record release

  1. Sir Thomas. born 1944, British operatic baritone

  2. Woody. real name Allen Stewart Konigsberg. born 1935, US film comedian, screenwriter, and director. His films as an actor and director include Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Bullets over Broadway (1994), and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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