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)


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