[awr-suh n]


a male given name: from an Old French word meaning “bearlike.”

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Historical Examples of orson

  • At the actual approach of this conclusion to his experiments Orson Vane felt a sense of coming loss.

    The Imitator

    Percival Pollard

  • Vanlief looked sharply at Orson, he suspected something behind that phrase about Nevins.

    The Imitator

    Percival Pollard

  • On the 14th, if you receive an uncomplimentary missive, say it is less suggestive of Valentine than Orson.

  • The brothers were born in a wood near Orleans, and Orson was carried off by a bear, which suckled him with her cubs.

  • Orson's Eastern ears, expecting some horror of speech, felt delight instead.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

Word Origin and History for orson


masc. proper name, from French ourson, diminutive of ours "bear," from Latin ursus (see Arctic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper