[ ses-uhl, sis- or, for 5, see-suhl ]
/ ˈsɛs əl, ˈsɪs- or, for 5, ˈsi səl /
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(Edgar Algernon) Robert 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, 1864–1958, British statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1937.
Robert 1st Earl of Salisbury and 1st Viscount Cecil of Cranborne, 1563–1612, British statesman (son of William Cecil).
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-. Salisbury (def. 1).
William 1st Baron Burghley or Burleigh, 1520–98, British statesman: adviser to Elizabeth I.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “blind.”



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/ (ˈsɛsəl, ˈsɪs-) /


Lord David. 1902–86, English literary critic and biographer
Robert . See (3rd Marquess of) Salisbury 2
William. See (William Cecil) Burghley
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