[dy-mah or, English, doo-mah, dyoo- for 1, 2; doo-muh s, dyoo- for 3]
- A·le·xan·dre [a-lek-sahn-druh] /a lɛkˈsɑ̃ drə/, Dumas père, 1802–70, and his son, Alexandre (“Dumas fils”), 1824–95, French dramatists and novelists.
- Jean-Bap·tiste An·dré [zhahn-ba-teest ahn-drey] /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist ɑ̃ˈdreɪ/, 1800–84, French chemist.
- a town in N Texas.
- (in Russia prior to 1917) a council or official assembly.
- (initial capital letter) an elective legislative assembly, established in 1905 by Nicholas II, constituting the lower house of parliament.
Origin of duma
1865–70; < Russian, Old Russian dúma assembly, council (an early homonym with dúma thought); cognate with Bulgarian dúma word, Slovak duma meditation; Slavic *dum- probably < Gothic dōms judgment (see doom)
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Negotiations were intense, but when the dust settled, Dumas had accepted half a million dollars for a 40 percent stake.Smartphone Technology Lets Users Lock and Unlock Their Front Doors Remotely
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The Girl Who Loved Camellias by Julie Kavanagh The courtesan who seduced Paris—and inspired Dumas and La Traviata.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 10, 2013
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The book begins with the 3-year-old Dumas discovering that his father has died, and promptly arming himself and heading upstairs.Book Bag: What Nick Harkaway Is Reading
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Dumas was then allowed to continue, but only for few seconds.
And shaking hands with him, I went off to see the younger Dumas.
It was the elder Dumas who said, "Truth is liable to be left-handed in history."Aztec Land
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He was in some sort the p. 59grandsire of the Buridan and the Antony of Dumas.
When Hugo wrote for himself he wrote almost as simply and straightforwardly as Dumas.
- Alexandre (alɛksɑ̃drə), known as Dumas père. 1802–70, French novelist and dramatist, noted for his historical romances The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) and The Three Musketeers (1844)
- his son, Alexandre, known as Dumas fils. 1824–95, French novelist and dramatist, noted esp for the play he adapted from an earlier novel, La Dame aux camélias (1852)
- Jean-Baptiste André (ʒɑ̃batist ɑ̃dre). 1800–84, French chemist, noted for his research on vapour density and atomic weight
- Marlene. born 1953, South African painter; especially of expressionist portraits and nudes
- (usually capital) the elective legislative assembly established by Tsar Nicholas II in 1905: overthrown by the Bolsheviks in 1917
- (before 1917) any official assembly or council
- short for State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament
C20: from duma thought, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic dōms judgment
Word Origin and History for dumas
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper