[fawrd, fohrd]
  1. Elizabeth BloomerBetty, 1918–2011, U.S. First Lady 1974–77 (wife of Gerald R. Ford).
  2. Ford Mad·ox [mad-uh ks] /ˈmæd əks/, Ford Madox Hueffer, 1873–1939, English novelist, poet, critic, and editor.
  3. Gerald R(udolph, Jr.)Leslie Lynch King, Jr., 1913–2006, U.S. political leader: congressman 1948–73; vice president 1973–74; 38th president of the U.S. 1974–77.
  4. Guy Stanton,1873–1963, U.S. historian, educator, and editor.
  5. Henry,1863–1947, U.S. automobile manufacturer.
  6. John,1586?–c1640, English playwright.
  7. JohnSean O'Feeney, 1895–1973, U.S. film director.
  8. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for henry ford


  1. a shallow area in a river that can be crossed by car, horseback, etc
  1. (tr) to cross (a river, brook, etc) over a shallow area
Derived Formsfordable, adjective

Word Origin for ford

Old English; related to Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt ford, Latin porta door, portus port 1


  1. Ford Maddox (ˈmædəks) original name Ford Madox Hueffer . 1873–1939, English novelist, editor, and critic; works include The Good Soldier (1915) and the war tetralogy Parade's End (1924–28).
  2. Gerald R (udolph). 1913–2006, US politician; 38th president of the US (1974–77)
  3. Harrison . born 1942, US film actor. His films include Star Wars (1977) and its sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels, Bladerunner (1982), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and What Lies Beneath (2000)
  4. Henry . 1863–1947, US car manufacturer, who pioneered mass production
  5. John . 1586–?1639, English dramatist; author of revenge tragedies such as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633)
  6. John, real name Sean O'Feeney . 1895–1973, US film director, esp of Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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Word Origin and History for henry ford



Old English ford "shallow place where water can be crossed," from Proto-Germanic *furdhus (cf. Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt, German Furt "ford"), from PIE *prtu- "a going, a passage" (cf. Latin portus "harbor," originally "entrance, passage;" Old Welsh rit, Welsh rhyd "ford;" Old English faran "to go;" see port (n.1)). The line of automobiles is named for U.S. manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947).



1610s, from ford (n.). Related: Forded; fording.

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