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

  • Norris, Benjamin Franklin Jr. Known as "Frank.” 1870-1902. American writer noted for his naturalistic novels about American life, including McTeague (1899). His brother Charles Gilman Norris (1881-1945) and sister-in-law Kathleen Thompson Norris (1880-1966) were also writers.
  • Norris, George William 1861-1944. American politician. A U.S. representative (1903-1913) and senator (1913-1943) from Nebraska, he was instrumental in the founding of the Tennessee Valley Authority (1933) and drafted the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which limits the President to two full terms.

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  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname.

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

  • n. United States writer (1870-1902)

Etymologies

An Anglo-Norman surname, from Old French norreis ("a northerner, a migrant from the north"). More at French norois. (Wiktionary)

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