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Sylvester

[sil-ves-ter]
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noun
  1. a male given name.
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Sylvester I

or Silvester I

noun
  1. Saint,died a.d. 335, pope 314–335.
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Sylvester II

or Silvester II

noun
  1. Gerbert, died 1003, French ecclesiastic: pope 999–1003.
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  • Sylvester chose a table in a retired corner, and they sat down.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Sylvester, also, would be of the party; he seemed delighted at the opportunity.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Mr. Sylvester told me you and your son had an appointment with him for this afternoon.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Instead of answering, Sylvester pushed an electric button on his desk.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The house itself had been procured through the kind interest of Sylvester.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for sylvester

Sylvester II

noun
  1. original name Gerbert of Aurillac. c. 940–1003 ad, French ecclesiastic and scholar; pope (999–1003): noted for his achievements in mathematics and astronomy
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Word Origin and History for sylvester

Sylvester

masc. proper name, from Latin, literally "woody, sylvan, rural," from Latin silvester, from Latin silva "wood, forest" (see sylvan). St. Sylvester's Day is Dec. 31.

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