a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “vigor, intent.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ernest

Contemporary Examples of ernest

Historical Examples of ernest

  • Yet we don't wish Ernest or Antoun Effendi to run into danger, do we, dear?

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • It's only this: Did Ernest Borrow tell you anything else about me?

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • What can be the reasons of the Sieur Ernest's excessive amiability?

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Ernest did this in the novel because Butler had done it in real life.

    Samuel Butler: A Sketch

    Henry Festing Jones

  • I can't put Ernest and Letty in the blue room, there's only the single bed.

Word Origin and History for ernest


masc. proper name, from French Ernest, of German origin (cf. Old High German Ernust, German Ernst), literally "earnestness" (see earnest). Among the top 50 names for boys born in U.S. from 1880 through 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper