from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Burton, Richard Originally Richard Jenkins. 1925-1984. Welsh-born actor. Highly regarded for his dramatic range on stage and screen, he was also known for his tempestuous lifestyle.
  • Burton, Sir Richard Francis 1821-1890. British explorer and Orientalist. Disguised as a Pathan, he journeyed (1853) to the forbidden cities of Mecca and Medina and in 1858 tried unsuccessfully to discover the source of the Nile River. His best-known work is a translation of The Arabian Nights (1885-1888), which was considered scandalous at the time.
  • Burton, Robert 1577-1640. English cleric and writer known chiefly for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), a treatise on the causes, symptoms, and cure of melancholy that ranges far afield in its lively depiction of everyday life.

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  • proper n. An English habitational surname for someone who lived in any of several places with that name.


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