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Austin

[aw-stuh n]
noun
  1. Alfred,1835–1913, English poet: poet laureate 1896–1913.
  2. John,1790–1859, English writer on law.
  3. John Lang·shaw [lang-shaw] /ˈlæŋ ʃɔ/, 1911–60, British philosopher.
  4. Mary (Hunter),1868–1934, U.S. novelist, playwright, and short-story writer.
  5. Stephen Fuller,1793–1836, American colonizer in Texas.
  6. Warren Robinson,1877–1962, U.S. diplomat.
  7. Augustine, Saint(def 2).
  8. a city in and the capital of Texas, in the central part, on the Colorado River.
  9. a city in SE Minnesota.
  10. a male given name, form of Augustus.
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Augustine

[aw-guh-steen, aw-guhs-tin, uh-guhs-]
noun
  1. Saint,a.d. 354–430, one of the Latin fathers in the early Christian Church; author; bishop of Hippo in N Africa.
  2. Saint,Austin, died a.d. 604, Roman monk: headed group of missionaries who landed in England a.d. 597 and began the conversion of the English to Christianity; first archbishop of Canterbury 601–604.
  3. a male given name, form of Augustus.
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Related formspre-Au·gus·tine, adjective

Texas

[tek-suh s]
noun
  1. a state in the S United States. 267,339 sq. mi. (692,410 sq. km). Capital: Austin. Abbreviation: Tex., TX (for use with zip code).
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Related formsTex·an, Tex·i·an [tek-see-uh n] /ˈtɛk si ən/, adjective, noun
Can be confusedTexan Tucson Tuscan
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  • "He did seem rather cut up about the stables," Austin admitted.

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    William J. Locke

  • "That's the first I've heard of it," said Austin, genuinely surprised.

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    William J. Locke

  • Yesterday she had teasingly boasted to Katherine that Austin was in love with her.

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    William J. Locke

  • It would have interfered with her relations with Austin, which were beginning to be exciting.

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    William J. Locke

  • Austin and I have the most important business to transact at Witherby, so he's driving me over.

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    William J. Locke


British Dictionary definitions for austin

Austin1

noun
  1. a city in central Texas, on the Colorado River: state capital since 1845. Pop: 672 011 (2003 est)
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Austin2

noun
  1. Herbert, 1st Baron. 1866–1941, British automobile engineer, who founded the Austin Motor Company
  2. John. 1790–1859, British jurist, whose book The Province of Jurisprudence Determined (1832) greatly influenced legal theory and the English legal system
  3. J (ohn) L (angshaw) (ˈlæŋʃɔː). 1911–60, English philosopher, whose lectures Sense and Sensibilia and How to do Things with Words were published posthumously in 1962
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Austin3

adjective, noun
  1. another word for Augustinian
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Word Origin

C14: shortened form of Augustine

Augustine

noun
  1. Saint. 354–430 ad, one of the Fathers of the Christian Church; bishop of Hippo in North Africa (396–430), who profoundly influenced both Catholic and Protestant theology. His most famous works are Confessions, a spiritual autobiography, and De Civitate Dei, a vindication of the Christian Church. Feast day: Aug 28
  2. Saint. died 604 ad, Roman monk, sent to Britain (597 ad) to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity and to establish the authority of the Roman See over the native Celtic Church; became the first archbishop of Canterbury (601–604). Feast day: May 26 or 27
  3. a member of an Augustinian order
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Texas

noun
  1. a state of the southwestern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: the second largest state; part of Mexico from 1821 to 1836, when it was declared an independent republic; joined the US in 1845; consists chiefly of a plain, with a wide flat coastal belt rising up to the semiarid Sacramento and Davis Mountains of the southwest; a major producer of cotton, rice, and livestock; the chief US producer of oil and gas; a leading world supplier of sulphur. Capital: Austin. Pop: 22 118 509 (2003 est). Area: 678 927 sq km (262 134 sq miles)Abbreviation: Tex, (with zip code) TX
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Word Origin and History for austin

Austin

surname (also Austen) and masc. proper name, from Old French Aousten, an abbreviated form of Latin Augustine.

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Texas

Mexican province, briefly an independent nation and now a U.S. state, from Spanish Texas, Tejas, earlier pronounced "ta-shas," originally an ethnic name, from Caddo (eastern Texas Indian tribe) taysha "friends, allies," written by the Spanish as a plural. Baseball Texas-leaguer is recorded from 1905.

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Augustine

adj.

c.1400 in reference to members of the religious order named for St. Augustine the Great (354-430), bishop of Hippo.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

austin in Culture

Austin

Capital of Texas.

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Location of the University of Texas.

Augustine

[(aw-guh-steen, aw-gus-tin)]

An important teacher in the Christian church, who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. After a dramatic conversion to Christianity, Augustine became a bishop. He is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. His works include The City of God and his autobiography, Confessions.

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Texas

State in the southwestern United States bordered by Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas and Louisiana to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico to the south, and New Mexico to the west. Its capital is Austin, and its largest city is Houston.

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One of the border states with Mexico; Mexican aliens often cross the border into Texas.

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One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.

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Long the largest state, it became second largest with the admission of Alaska as the forty-ninth state in 1959.
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