[ses-uh l, sis- or for 5, see-suh l]
- (Edgar Algernon) Robert1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, 1864–1958, British statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1937.
- Robert1st Earl of Salisburyand1st Viscount Cecil of Cranborne, 1563–1612, British statesman (son of William Cecil).
- Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-. Salisbury(def 1).
- William1st 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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He was a plantation houseboy in Virginia and did, as Cecil does in the film, leave in the pursuit of better employment.
Almost 50 years later, Cecil wears that very tie to the White House when he goes to meet Barack Obama for the first time.
But she had never said Cecil was a man, she reflected, with what comfort she could.
And the Little Doctor could have her Cecil and be hanged to him.
"Dr. Cecil—" Miss Whitmore turned red at first, then broke into laughter.
The Reverend Cecil had not the habit of shirking any duty because he happened to dislike it.
Of the eligible men there Mr. Cecil Underwood seemed, on enquiry, to be the most eligible.
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Word Origin and History for cecil
masc. proper name, from Latin Caecilius (fem. Caecilia), name of a Roman gens, from caecus "blind."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper