from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Confucius Originally Kong Fuzi. c. 551-479 B.C. Chinese philosopher whose Analects contain a collection of his sayings and dialogues compiled by disciples after his death.
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- proper n. Western name of Kong Qiu (孔丘), an influential Chinese philosopher who lived 551 BCE – 479 BCE.
- proper n. A male given name.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a Chinese philosopher (circa 551-478 BC), the founder of Confucianism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism (circa 551-478 BC)
From Latin Confucius, from the pinyin romanisation of Sinitic 孔夫子 (Kǒng Fūzǐ) "Master Kong". (Wiktionary)