1. Daniel,1782–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
  2. John,c1580–1625?, English dramatist.
  3. Margaret,1905–72, British stage director, producer, and actress, born in the U.S.
  4. Noah,1758–1843, U.S. lexicographer and essayist.
  5. William H(edg·cock) [hej-kok] /ˈhɛdʒˌkɒk/, born 1924, U.S. judge and government official: director of the FBI 1978–87 and of the CIA 1987–91.
  6. a city in central Massachusetts.
  7. Also Web·ster's. Informal. a dictionary of the English language.
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British Dictionary definitions for william webster


  1. an archaic word for weaver (def. 1)

Word Origin for webster

Old English webbestre, from webba a weaver, from webb web


  1. Daniel. 1782–1852, US politician and orator
  2. John. ?1580–?1625, English dramatist, noted for his revenge tragedies The White Devil (?1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (?1613)
  3. Noah. 1758–1843, US lexicographer, famous for his American Dictionary of the English Language (1828)
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Word Origin and History for william webster



"a weaver," Old English webbestre "a female weaver," from web (q.v.) + fem. suffix -ster. Noah Webster's dictionary first published 1828.

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