[ wahyl-der ]
/ ˈwaɪl dər /
BillySamuel Wilder, 1906–2002, U.S. film director, producer, and writer; born in Austria.
Laura In·galls [ing-guh lz] /ˈɪŋ gəlz/, 1867–1957, U.S. writer of children's books.
Thorn·ton (Niv·en) [thawrn-tn niv-uh n] /ˈθɔrn tn ˈnɪv ən/, 1897–1975, U.S. novelist and playwright.
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British Dictionary definitions for billy wilder (1 of 2)
/ (ˈwɪldə) /
to lead or be led astray
to bewilder or become bewildered
Derived forms of wilderwilderment, noun
Word Origin for wilder
C17: of uncertain origin
British Dictionary definitions for billy wilder (2 of 2)
/ (ˈwaɪldə) /
Billy, real name Samuel Wilder. 1906–2002, US film director and screenwriter, born in Austria. His films include Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Some Like it Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), and Buddy Buddy (1981)
Thornton. 1897–1975 US novelist and dramatist. His works include the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) and the play The Skin of Our Teeth (1942)
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