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Ashley

[ash-lee]
noun
  1. a male or female given name.
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  • 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.

  • General Ashley and Kit Carson had brought in a bucket of them.


British Dictionary definitions for ashley

Ashley

noun
  1. Jack, Baron. 1922–2012, British Labour politician and campaigner for deaf and disabled people
  2. 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

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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