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

  • Ford, Elizabeth Bloomer Known as "Betty.” Born 1918. First Lady of the United States (1974-1977) as the wife of President Gerald R. Ford. She supported the Equal Rights Amendment, the arts, and programs for disabled children.
  • Ford, Ford Madox Originally Ford Hermann Hueffer. 1873-1939. British writer and editor whose most important novels, The Good Soldier (1915) and the tetralogy Parade's End (1924-1928), examine the bonds of conjugal and adulterous relationships.
  • Ford, Gerald Rudolph 1913-2006. The 38th President of the United States (1974-1977), who was appointed Vice President on the resignation of Spiro Agnew (1973) and became President after Richard Nixon's resignation over the Watergate scandal. As President, Ford granted a full pardon to Nixon (1974).
  • Ford, Henry 1863-1947. American automobile manufacturer who developed a gasoline-powered automobile (1893), founded the Ford Motor Company (1903), and mass-produced the Model T (1908-1927), the first generally affordable and widely available automobile. His son Edsel Bryant Ford (1893-1943) ran the company from 1919 to 1943, as did his grandson Henry Ford II (1917-1987) from 1945 to 1980.
  • Ford 1, John 1586-1639. English playwright whose works include 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633) and collaborative efforts, notably with Thomas Dekker and John Webster.
  • Ford 2, John Originally Sean Aloysius O'Feeney. 1895-1973. American filmmaker who won an Academy Award for his direction of The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952).

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  • proper n. A topographic surname for someone who lived near a ford.
  • n. A make of car, named for Henry Ford.


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