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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Family of British novelists and poets, including Charlotte (1816–1855), Emily (1818–1848), and Anne (1820–1849). In 1846 their first publication was issued, a volume of poetry entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In 1847 Charlotte published Jane Eyre; Emily, Wuthering Heights; and Anne, Agnes Gray. Charlotte published Shirley in 1849 and Villette in 1853.

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  • proper noun A male given name.
  • proper noun A surname.

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  • noun English novelist; oldest of three Bronte sisters (1816-1855)
  • noun English novelist; youngest of three Bronte sisters (1820-1849)
  • noun English novelist; one of three Bronte sisters (1818-1848)

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek βροντή (bronté, "thunder").

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