from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Family of American tennis players including Venus (born 1980) and Serena (born 1981). The pair won the gold medal in doubles at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where Venus also won the gold in singles. In the same year, Venus won two Grand Slam titles. Serena won three consecutive Grand Slam titles in 2002.
- Williams, Charles Melvin Known as "Cootie.” 1911-1985. American jazz trumpeter noted for his inventive muting techniques. He spent the majority of his career with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
- Williams, Elizabeth Known as "Betty.” Born 1943. Irish peace activist. She shared the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for work in Northern Ireland's peace movement.
- Williams, Eric 1911-1981. Trinidadian politician and intellectual who led his country to independence from Britain and became its first prime minister (1962-1981). A noted historian, his works include the classic Capitalism and Slavery (1944).
- Williams, (Hiram) Hank 1923-1953. American singer and songwriter who was influential in the development of country and western music. His many hit songs include "Your Cheatin' Heart” and "Hey, Good Lookin'.”
- Williams, John Towner Born 1932. American composer and conductor best known for his film scores, including Jaws (1975) and Star Wars (1977).
- Williams, Roger 1603?-1683. English cleric in America. After being expelled from Massachusetts for his criticism of Puritanism, he founded Providence (1636), a community based on religious freedom and democratic ideals, and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663.
- Williams, Serena Born 1981. American tennis player who in 2002 won the French Open, the US Open, and Wimbledon. She won the gold medal in doubles with her sister Venus (b. 1980) in the 2000 Summer Olympics.
- Williams, Tennessee Originally Thomas Lanier Williams. 1911-1983. American playwright whose works often concern family tensions and sexual anxiety. They include A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), each of which won the Pulitzer Prize.
- Williams, Theodore Samuel Known as "Ted.” 1918-2002. American baseball player. Among the best hitters in the history of the game, he accrued 521 home runs and a .344 batting average as left fielder for the Boston Red Sox (1939-1960).
- Williams, William Carlos 1883-1963. American poet whose verse is marked by a lucid, spare style and vivid observations of the everyday. His works include Collected Poems (1934) and Paterson (1946-1958).
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- proper n. An English and Welsh patronymic surname derived from the given name William.
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- n. United States baseball player noted as a hitter (1918-2002)
- n. United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
- n. United States poet (1883-1963)
- n. English philosopher credited with reviving the field of moral philosophy (1929-2003)
- n. English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism; he founded Providence in 1636 and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663 (1603-1683)
- n. United States playwright (1911-1983)
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