American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Costello, John Aloysius 1891-1976. Irish prime minister (1948-1951 and 1954-1957) who took Ireland out of the Commonwealth of Nations (1949).
- Costello, Lou Originally Louis Francis Cristillo. 1906-1959. American comedian. As part of the Abbott and Costello comedy team he made a number of films, including Buck Privates (1941) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
- n. A surname of Irish origin.
“COSTELLO: That's true, but Costello could be an Irish name, I've heard.”
“For example, my last name 'Costello' is Irish but no credible etymologies of its meaning are to be found.”
“On Friday Oct. 22 in Atherton, California, Elvis Costello is playing what is likely his first-ever concert with a dress code.”
“Costello is selling copies on the Split Lip website and will sell them at conventions as well.”
“There are a lot of people, notably Rachel Zoe, who do not make proper use of the word "literally," but Michael Costello is not one of those people.”
“Onomatopoeia-related coinages were popular — among them imitatapoeia (from Josh Libresco, of San Rafael, Calif.), opprobromatopoeia (Kaitlin Costello and David Greenstein, of Chicago), and wannamatopoeia (Dan Schechter, of Los Alamitos, Calif.).”
“Eric Costello is the Client Development Lead for Flickr and a prominent web developer.”
“Carol Costello is so cutesy and unaooealing, it is sickening.”
“At about the same period, Bishop characterized as "a great perversity" what she called the "Romantic" practice of "using the supposedly 'spiritual' -- the beautiful, the nostalgic, the ideal and poetic, to produce the material" world (quoted in Costello, 4).”
“TBB: Elton John and Leon Russell are headlining, Elvis Costello is the master of ceremonies, and we also have John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jim James, Jeff Bridges, and The Punch Brothers.”
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