Shays

[ sheyz ]
/ ʃeɪz /

noun

Daniel,1747–1825, American Revolutionary War soldier: leader of a popular insurrection (Shays' Rebellion) in Massachusetts 1786–87.

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Definition for shays (2 of 2)

shay
[ shey ]
/ ʃeɪ /

noun Chiefly Dialect.

a chaise.

Origin of shay

1710–20; respelling and back formation from chaise (taken as plural)
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British Dictionary definitions for shays (1 of 2)

Shays
/ (ʃeɪz) /

noun

Daniel. ?1747–1825, American soldier and revolutionary leader of a rebellion of Massachusetts farmers against the US government (1786–87)

British Dictionary definitions for shays (2 of 2)

shay
/ (ʃeɪ) /

noun

a dialect word for chaise

Word Origin for shay

C18: back formation from chaise, mistakenly thought to be plural
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