a male or female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of ashley

Historical Examples of ashley

  • Of course, it was absolutely necessary to abandon the flat in Ashley Gardens.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • You are the same who shot Lord Ashley between this and the city, some hours ago?

    The Midnight Queen

    May Agnes Fleming

  • General Ashley flushed considerably, but he kept his temper.

  • "We'll give you our parole not to try to escape," offered General Ashley.

  • "You exceeded orders, and you ought to be court-martialed," said General Ashley.

British Dictionary definitions for ashley



Jack, Baron. 1922–2012, British Labour politician and campaigner for deaf and disabled people
Laura. 1925–85, British designer, who built up a successful chain of retail stores selling dresses and fabrics based on traditional English patterns
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Word Origin and History for ashley


fem. proper name, all but unknown before c.1965; one of the most popular names for girls born in U.S. from c.1980; evidently inspired by the surname Ashley, Ashleigh (attested from 12c.), which means "clearing among the ash trees," from Old English æsc + leah (see ash (n.2) + lea).

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