from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Howells, William Dean 1837-1920. American writer and editor in chief (1871-1881) of the Atlantic Monthly, who encouraged a number of writers, including Mark Twain and Henry James. He also wrote many novels, such as The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885), and books of literary criticism.
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- proper n. A surname.
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- n. United States writer and editor (1837-1920)
From the given name Howell + patronymic suffix -s. (Wiktionary)