from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Lessing, Doris Born 1919. British writer known for her five-volume series Children of Violence (1952-1969) and for The Golden Notebook (1962).
  • Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim 1729-1781. German playwright and critic. A leader of the Enlightenment, he wrote the plays Minna von Barnheim (1763) and Nathan the Wise (1779).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. German playwright and leader of the Enlightenment (1729-1781)
  • n. English author of novels and short stories who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (born in 1919)


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