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Erastus

[ih-ras-tuh s; German ey rahs-too s]
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noun
  1. Thom·as [tom-uh s; German toh-mahs] /ˈtɒm əs; German ˈtoʊ mɑs/, 1524–83, Swiss-German theologian.
  2. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “lovable.”
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Historical Examples

  • That's Erastus Beebe's store and Ras is a good friend of mine.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "It's signed by that Mr. Galushy Bangs of yours," explained Erastus.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Erastus, the cook, was as usual about that hour as busy as a bee.

  • I preached in the forenoon, and Erastus Snow and others in the afternoon.

  • Address her as Mrs. Erastus Smith if Erastus is her husbands name.


Word Origin and History for erastus

Erastus

masc. proper name, Latin, literally "beloved," from Greek erastos, verbal adjective of eran "to love" (see Eros).

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