from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Dewey, George 1837-1917. American naval officer known for his victory at Manila Bay (May 1, 1898) in the Spanish-American War.
- Dewey, John 1859-1952. American philosopher and educator who was a leading exponent of philosophical pragmatism and rejected traditional methods of teaching by rote in favor of a broad-based system of practical experience.
- Dewey, Melvil 1851-1931. American librarian and founder of the decimal system of classification (1876).
- Dewey, Thomas Edmund 1902-1971. American politician who was the Republican nominee for President in 1944 and 1948. In the latter election he was unexpectedly beaten by Harry S. Truman's whistle-stop campaign.
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- proper n. An American surname.
- proper n. A male given name derived from the surname, popular in the U.S. in the 1890s.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. United States librarian who founded the decimal system of classification (1851-1931)
- n. a United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War
- n. United States pragmatic philosopher who advocated progressive education (1859-1952)
Possibly from a place name in Northern France, Douai. Welsh origin from Dewi (David) has also been suggested. (Wiktionary)