from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Owens, James Cleveland Known as "Jesse.” 1913-1980. American track star. He won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, upsetting Adolf Hitler's plans to use the games as evidence of Aryan superiority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A surname.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. United States athlete and Black American whose success in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin outraged Hitler (1913-1980)
From the given name Owen + the patronymic suffix -s. (Wiktionary)