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  1. William,1560?–1644, Pilgrim settler: leader of the colonists at Plymouth.
  2. a male given name.
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  • And now, where shall I send your month's money, Miss Brewster?'

  • Miss Brewster insisted that Wentworth should light his cigar, which, after some persuasion, he did.

  • If this account was slightly exaggerated, Miss Brewster had no time to tone it down.

  • The rage of Miss Brewster increased when she did not find her prey where she expected.

  • Miss Brewster made her way to the captain's room and rapped at the door.

British Dictionary definitions for brewster


  1. Sir David . 1781–1868, Scottish physicist, noted for his studies of the polarization of light
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Word Origin and History for brewster


early 13c. as a surname, probably originally "a female brewer" (even though most of the early surnames on the records are of men), from brew (v.) + -ster. Cf. Old French braceresse "female brewer," Middle English name Clarice le Breweres on the 1312 Colchester Borough Court Rolls.

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