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kelly

[ kel-ee ]
/ ˈkɛl i /
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noun, plural kel·lies, kel·lys.Slang.

a man's stiff hat, as a derby or straw skimmer.

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Origin of kelly

First recorded in 1910–15; generic use of surname Kelly, taken as representative of a stage Irishman wearing such a derby

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Kelly
[ kel-ee ]
/ ˈkɛl i /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for kelly

Kelly
/ (ˈkɛlɪ) /

noun

Gene, full name Eugene Curran Kelly. 1912–96, US dancer, choreographer, film actor, and director. His many films include An American in Paris (1951) and Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Grace. 1929–82, US film actress. Her films included High Noon (1952) and High Society (1956). She married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 and died following a car crash
Ned. 1855–80, Australian horse and cattle thief and bushranger, active in Victoria: captured by the police and hanged
game as Ned Kelly or as game as Ned Kelly See game 1 (def. 25)
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