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[ses-uh l, sis- or for 5, see-suh l]
  1. (Edgar Algernon) Robert1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, 1864–1958, British statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1937.
  2. Robert1st Earl of Salisburyand1st Viscount Cecil of Cranborne, 1563–1612, British statesman (son of William Cecil).
  3. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-. Salisbury(def 1).
  4. William1st Baron Burghley or Burleigh, 1520–98, British statesman: adviser to Elizabeth I.
  5. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “blind.”
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Examples from the Web for cecil

Contemporary Examples of cecil

Historical Examples of cecil

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cecil


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

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