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Dumas

[dy-mah or, English, doo-mah, dyoo- for 1, 2; doo-muh s, dyoo- for 3]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. Jean-Bap·tiste An·dré [zhahn-ba-teest ahn-drey] /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist ɑ̃ˈdreɪ/, 1800–84, French chemist.
  3. a town in N Texas.
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duma

[doo-muh]
noun
  1. (in Russia prior to 1917) a council or official assembly.
  2. (initial capital letter) an elective legislative assembly, established in 1905 by Nicholas II, constituting the lower house of parliament.
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Also douma.

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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  • Dumas was then allowed to continue, but only for few seconds.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And shaking hands with him, I went off to see the younger Dumas.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • It was the elder Dumas who said, "Truth is liable to be left-handed in history."

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • He was in some sort the p. 59grandsire of the Buridan and the Antony of Dumas.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

  • When Hugo wrote for himself he wrote almost as simply and straightforwardly as Dumas.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley


British Dictionary definitions for dumas

Dumas

noun
  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Jean-Baptiste André (ʒɑ̃batist ɑ̃dre). 1800–84, French chemist, noted for his research on vapour density and atomic weight
  4. Marlene. born 1953, South African painter; especially of expressionist portraits and nudes
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duma

douma

noun Russian history
  1. (usually capital) the elective legislative assembly established by Tsar Nicholas II in 1905: overthrown by the Bolsheviks in 1917
  2. (before 1917) any official assembly or council
  3. short for State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament
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Word Origin

C20: from duma thought, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic dōms judgment
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Word Origin and History for dumas

duma

n.

Russian national assembly, 1870 (in reference to city councils; the national one was set up in 1905), literally "thought," from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic doms "judgment," English doom, deem).

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