Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A surname of French origin.
  • proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common European blackbird, Turdus merula or Merula vulgaris. See cut under blackbird.
  • n. An obsolete form of marl.
  • n. A West Indian name for orioles of the genus Cassicus.

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

  • n. common black European thrush

Etymologies

From French Merle. (Wiktionary)
English 19th century bird name from merle, blackbird, possibly also a variant of Muriel, Merrill, etc. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Didn't a piece of farm machinery do in Merle Watson?

    Tough Guys Don't Flinch

  • Last summer term Merle had considered herself the chosen chum of Iva Westwood, but now Iva had completely fallen into the arms of Kitty Trefyre.

    Monitress Merle

  • The case for Harry Truman was made by Harry Truman in Merle Miller's Plain Speaking.

    George Bush's last second chance and the American refutation of the Book of Ecclesiastes

  • The Drummer is about, well, a drummer, whose name isn't really any of those he goes by in the novel, so we'll just call him Merle, which is one of them.

    Archive 2006-04-16

  • "Well, anyway," called Merle, still in hushed tones, "I guess I got enough berries from this place."

    The Wrong Twin

  • "Here's another," called Merle, pausing on his way toward the fence.

    The Wrong Twin

  • Another classic sentence refers to a Merle Haggard documentary: ''Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.''

    NYT > Home Page

  • For information or to volunteer as a Road to Recovery driver, call Merle Stoner at 1-800-227-2345 or e-mail merle. stoner@cancer.org

    Norwich Bulletin Home RSS

  • "Merle," observed Aunt Agatha, a little dryly, "we may as well leave off there, for it seems that you and I are to have our estate among the labouring men in this very valley."

    The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII: No. 353, October 2, 1886.

  • "Merle," he asked, "what do you think your father is worth altogether?"

    The Great Hunger

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