See more synonyms for wright on Thesaurus.com

Origin of wright

before 900; Middle English; Old English wryhta, metathetic variant of wyrhta worker; akin to work
Can be confusedright rite wright write


  1. Charles,born 1935, U.S. poet.
  2. Frances or Fanny,1795–1852, U.S. abolitionist and social reformer, born in Scotland.
  3. Frank Lloyd,1867–1959, U.S. architect.
  4. James,1927–80, U.S. poet and translator.
  5. JosephWright of Derby, 1734–97, English painter.
  6. Joseph,1855–1935, English philologist and lexicographer.
  7. Mary KathrynMickey, born 1935, U.S. golfer.
  8. Or·ville [awr-vil] /ˈɔr vɪl/, 1871–1948, and his brother Wilbur, 1867–1912, U.S. aeronautical inventors.
  9. Richard,1908–60, U.S. novelist.
  10. Rus·sel [ruhs-uh l] /ˈrʌs əl/, 1904–76, U.S. industrial designer.
  11. Willard HuntingtonS. S. Van Dine, 1888–1939, U.S. journalist, critic, and author.
  12. a male given name.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for wright

Contemporary Examples of wright

Historical Examples of wright

British Dictionary definitions for wright


  1. (now chiefly in combination) a person who creates, builds, or repairs something specifieda playwright; a shipwright

Word Origin for wright

Old English wryhta, wyrhta; related to Old Frisian wrichta, Old Saxon, Old High German wurhtio. See work


  1. Frank Lloyd. 1869–1959, US architect, whose designs include the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (1916), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1943), and many private houses. His "organic architecture" sought a close relationship between buildings and their natural surroundings
  2. Joseph, known as Wright of Derby . 1734–97, British painter, noted for his paintings of industrial and scientific subjects, esp The Orrery (?1765) and The Air Pump (1768)
  3. Joseph. 1855–1930, British philologist; editor of The English Dialect Dictionary (1898–1905)
  4. Judith (Arundel). 1915–2000, Australian poet, critic, and conservationist. Her collections of poetry include The Moving Image (1946), Woman to Man (1949), and A Human Pattern (1990)
  5. Richard. 1908–60, US Black novelist and short-story writer, best known for the novel Native Son (1940)
  6. Wilbur (1867–1912) and his brother, Orville (1871–1948), US aviation pioneers, who designed and flew the first powered aircraft (1903)
  7. William, known as Billy . 1924–94, English footballer: winner of 105 caps
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wright

Old English wryhta, wrihta "worker" (Northumbrian wyrchta, Kentish werhta), variant of earlier wyhrta, from wyrcan "to work" (see work). Now usually in combinations (wheelwright, playwright, etc.) or as a common surname. Common West Germanic; cf. Old Saxon wurhito, Old Frisian wrichta, Old High German wurhto.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wright in Medicine


[rīt]Sir Almroth Edward 1861-1947
  1. British physician and pathologist who developed (1896) a vaccine against typhoid fever.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.