1. Henry,1622–95, English poet and mystic.
  2. Sarah (Lois),1924–90, U.S. jazz singer.
  3. a town in SW Ontario, in S Canada, near Toronto.
  4. a male given name: from a Welsh word meaning “small.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vaughan

Contemporary Examples of vaughan

Historical Examples of vaughan

  • But, as she was rushing towards the girl, Vaughan held her back.

    Sylph Etherege

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Mr. Vaughan,' cried Cecilia Ossulton; 'you know it came from your heart.'

  • Don't you know that all Miss Vaughan's orders are to be obeyed?

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • Miss Vaughan had preferred, in her anguish, to be held by Fanny rather than by her.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • Another account of the disaster may be found in Vaughan's Golden Grove .

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams

British Dictionary definitions for vaughan


  1. Henry. 1622–95, Welsh mystic poet, best known for his Silex Scintillans (1650; 1655)
  2. Dame Janet (Maria). 1899–1993, British physician and university official: helped set up Britain's first National Blood Transfusion Service (1939): after World War II, became Britain's expert on the effects of radiation on humans; Principal of Somerville College, Oxford (1945–67)
  3. Sarah (Lois). 1924–90, US jazz vocalist and pianist, noted esp for her skill in vocal improvisation
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Word Origin and History for vaughan


from Welsh fychan, mutation of bychan "small."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper