- Eugene Victor,1855–1926, U.S. labor leader: Socialist candidate for president 1900–20.
- Informal. a debutante.
Origin of deb
An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for debs
These were the essential parts of the speech which Debs made at Canton.The Debs Decision
When they reached the village she halted before the low roof of Debs's cottage.
My name is Desborough—do you understand—do you hear me, Mr. Debs?
Debs pointed to these same contracts as the cause of defeat.
Debs insists that "DeLeon did not 'capture' the organization and Debs is not 'disgusted' with it."
- Eugene Victor. 1855–1926, US labour leader; five times Socialist presidential candidate (1900–20)
- informal short for debutante
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Word Origin and History for debs
slang shortening of debutante, by 1920.
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