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

  • A borough of west-central England west-northwest of Birmingham. It had thriving iron, coal, and limestone industries until the 1870s. Population: 194,000.
  • Dudley, Robert. First Earl of Leicester. 1532?-1588. English courtier, politician, and favorite of Elizabeth I. Pardoned for his involvement in the plot to secure the throne for Lady Jane Grey (1553), he sought the hand of Elizabeth, who refused him, partly because his wife, Amy Robsart, had died (1560) under suspicious circumstances.
  • Dudley, Thomas 1576-1653. English-born American colonial administrator who served as governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1634, 1640, 1645, and 1650) and as one of Harvard College's first overseers. His son Joseph (1647-1720) was also governor of Massachusetts (1702-1715).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A town in the West Midlands.
  • proper n. A habitational surname, notably of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester at the time of Elizabeth I.
  • proper n. A male given name, transferred use of the surname since the nineteenth century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An engine for hauling logs which propels itself and drags its load by revolving a large spool around which are several turns of a cable, fixed at each end of the track.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English "wood or clearing of Dudda ( a personal name of unknown meaning)".



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