[tom-uh s; taw-mah for 3]
  1. an apostle who demanded proof of Christ's Resurrection. John 20:24–29.
  2. Augustus,1857–1934, U.S. playwright, journalist, and actor.
  3. (Charles Louis) Am·broise [sharl lwee ahn-brwaz] /ʃarl lwi ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/, 1811–96, French composer.
  4. Clarence,born 1948, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court since 1991.
  5. Dyl·an (Mar·lais) [dil-uh n mahr-ley] /ˈdɪl ən ˈmɑr leɪ/, 1914–53, Welsh poet and short-story writer.
  6. George Henry,1816–70, Union general in the U.S. Civil War.
  7. Isaiah,1749–1831, U.S. printer, journalist and publisher of Revolutionary literature.
  8. IsiahZeke, born 1961, U.S. basketball player, coach, and executive.
  9. John,1724–76, American physician and general in the American Revolution.
  10. Lowell (Jackson),1892–1981, U.S. newscaster, world traveler, and writer.
  11. Martha Carey,1857–1935, U.S. educator and women's-rights advocate.
  12. Norman (Mat·toon) [muh-toon] /məˈtun/, 1884–1968, U.S. socialist leader and political writer.
  13. Seth,1785–1859, U.S. clock designer and manufacturer.
  14. Theodore,1835–1905, U.S. orchestra conductor, born in Germany.
  15. William Isaac,1863–1947, U.S. sociologist.
  16. doubting Thomas.
  17. a male given name: from an Aramaic word meaning “twin.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Saint. Also called: doubting Thomas. one of the twelve apostles, who refused to believe in Christ's resurrection until he had seen his wounds (John 20:24–29). Feast day: July 3 or Dec 2l or Oct 6
  2. (French tɔmɑ) Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1811–96, French composer of light operas, including Mignon (1866)
  3. Dylan (Marlais) (ˈdɪlən). 1914–53, Welsh poet and essayist. His works include the prose Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (1940), the verse collection Deaths and Entrances (1946), and his play for voices Under Milk Wood (1954)
  4. (Philip) Edward, pen name Edward Eastaway. 1878–1917, British poet and critic: killed in World War I
  5. R (onald) S (tuart). 1913–2000, Welsh poet and clergyman. His collections include Song at the Year's Turning (1955), Not that He Brought Flowers (1968), and Laboratories of the Spirit (1975)
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Word Origin and History for thomas


from Greek Thomas, of Aramaic origin and said to mean "a twin" (John's gospel refers to Thomas as ho legomenos didymos "called the twin;" cf. Syriac toma "twin," Arabic tau'am "twin"). Before the Conquest, found only as the name of a priest. After 1066, one of the most common given names in English. Doubting Thomas is from John xx:25; A Thomist (1530s, from Medieval Latin Thomista, mid-14c.) is a follower of 13c. scholastic theologian St. Thomas Aquinas. (Also see Tom, Tommy).

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thomas in Medicine


[tŏməs]E(dward) Donnall Born 1920
  1. American physician. He shared a 1990 Nobel Prize for developing techniques of transplanting bone marrow.
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Idioms and Phrases with thomas


see doubting thomas.

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