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

  • A city of central California west of Sacramento. A branch of the University of California (established 1908) is here. Population: 61,000.
  • Davis, Benjamin Oliver 1877-1970. American cavalry officer who was the first African-American general in the U.S. Army (1940-1948). His son Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. (1912-2002), was the first African-American general in the U.S. Air Force (1954-1970).
  • Davis, Bette Originally Ruth Elizabeth Davis. 1908-1989. American actress who won an Academy Award for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938).
  • Davis, Dwight Filley 1879-1945. American tennis player and donor (1900) of the Davis Cup for the annual international team tennis competition.
  • Davis, Jefferson 1808-1889. American soldier and president of the Confederacy (1861-1865). He was captured by Union soldiers in 1865 and imprisoned for two years, and although he was indicted for treason (1866), he was never prosecuted.
  • Davis, John See John Davys.
  • Davis, Miles Dewey, Jr. 1926-1991. American jazz musician acclaimed for his warm, often muted trumpet style.
  • Davis, Richard Harding 1864-1916. American writer whose vivid coverage of the Spanish-American, Boer, and Russo-Japanese wars established him as the leading correspondent of his day.
  • Davis, Stuart 1894-1964. American artist who often incorporated jazz tempos into his vibrant canvases. In the 1920s he was strongly influenced by cubism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A common patronymic surname derived from David; variant of Davies
  • proper n. Any of a number of places named after people with the surname, including a city in California
  • proper n. A university in Davis, California (University of California, Davis)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
  • n. United States tennis player who donated the Davis Cup for international team tennis competition (1879-1945)
  • n. English navigator who explored the Arctic while searching for the Northwest Passage (1550-1605)
  • n. American statesman; president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1808-1889)
  • n. United States painter who developed an American version of cubism (1894-1964)
  • n. United States film actress (1908-1989)


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