American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Otis, Elisha Graves 1811-1861. American inventor of the first passenger elevator (installed 1857).
- Otis, James 1725-1783. American Revolutionary politician and publicist whose speeches and pamphlets influenced American sentiment against the British.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ear of a vessel, often ornamental. Compare ansa.
- n. [capitalized] In ornithology, the leading genus of Otididæ, or bustards. It was formerly coextensive with the family, but is now restricted to such species as the great bustard, Otis tarda. See cut under
- n. A taxonomic genus within the family Otididae.
- n. A surname, notably of the American revolutionary hero James Otis.
- n. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of birds including certain of the bustards.
- n. type genus of the Otididae: European bustard
- n. United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)
- A patronymic surname derived from Middle English genitive case of the Germanic given name Ote, Ode, cognate to modern Otto. (Wiktionary)
“Taking the name "Otis," the young musician found that with his dark Greek complexion and hipster persona, he was accepted into the black community.”
“Darden Restaurants CEO Clarence Otis is leery of layoffs in company eateries, including Red Lobster and Olive Garden, as a way of dealing with the recession.”
“This industry turmoil makes it all the more notable that Otis is considering creating a new Darden brand to try to evolve into another restaurant powerhouse.”
“With donation funds, we bought eight Otis players (an Otis is an Audible mp3 player) - The Otises are about $100 and come free to users who buy a year-long Audible listener plan.”
“Otis is small and creamy as a pearl and already he has the same mop of black hair that Gary does, the same huge slate eyes as Molly's.”
“Otis is only three weeks old and lies swaddled in a soft blue-striped blanket on Gary's lap.”
“Must be something serious to make him call Otis at home this early in the morning.”
“She is robust, with a steady, amused gaze propped up on high cheekbones and a poodle fussing around her called Otis, so named, she says, because it didn't "seem very poodleish".”
“It’s just a name Otis likes to call the girls he’s kidnapped and tortured.”
“Watch this video of Jay-Z and Kanye West doing a new track called "Otis" and tell me what you see:”
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