from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Otididae.
- proper n. A surname, notably of the American revolutionary hero James Otis.
- proper n. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of birds including certain of the bustards.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)