- Lee Harvey,1939–63, designated by a presidential commission to be the lone assassin of John F. Kennedy.
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for oswald
Oswald was a left-wing autodidact who had defected to the Soviet Union.
Nor was Oswald an irrational, discontented Dostoyevskian loner, as some depicted him.
On Sunday morning, he got to the city jail shortly before Ruby shot Oswald.
Like the fact that Marina [Oswald] said that Lee had once threatened to kill Richard Nixon.
Hugh Aynesworth was present when President Kennedy was shot, when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, and when Jack Ruby shot Oswald.
Oswald sprang to the pumps when he heard the carpenter's report.
Again Oswald made his signs, and again the captain gave his assent.
Once more the well was sounded by Oswald, and the result was the same.
Oswald Bareth was the first who clambered up from to leeward.
In this dilemma Oswald follows the impulse seeming to him most rational.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
- Lee Harvey. 1939–63, presumed assassin (1963) of US president John F. Kennedy; murdered by Jack Ruby two days later
- Saint. ?605–41 ad, king of Northumbria (634–41); with St Aidan he restored Christianity to the region. He was killed in battle by Penda of Mercia. Feast day: Aug 5
Word Origin and History for oswald
masc. proper name, from Old English Osweald "god-power, god-ruler," from Old English os "god" (only in personal names), from PIE *ansu- "spirit" (see Oscar) + Old English (ge)weald "power."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper