Definitions

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

  • Gay, John 1685-1732. English writer known especially for his play The Beggar's Opera (1728).

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  • proper n. An English surname, originally a nickname for a cheerful or lively person.
  • proper n. A female given name from the word gay, "joyful"; rare today.
  • proper n. A male given name. Also a shortened form of Gabriel, Gaylord and similar names, or transferred from the surname.

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Examples

  • When chef Aiden Byrne departed the Dorchester Grill, leaving behind the campest dining room in London – the murals of strapping men in kilts tossing their cabers, and the tartan upholstered chairs redefined the term Gay Gordons – it was assumed he would open a fine dining restaurant.

    The 20 best places to eat in Britain this summer

  • Laced with historical inaccuracies and steeped in elitism andentitlement, the term Gay Apartheid is deeply offensive and unnecessarily divisive.

    David Kaufman: Marriage Equality and the Myth of "Gay Apartheid"

  • He often said he was proud of coining the phrase "Gay is Good," and I hope that will go on his tombstone.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • In 2009, Kameny said he wanted to be remembered most for coining the phrase "Gay is Good" in 1968 to counter an onslaught of negative language about gays and lesbians.

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  • The word Mong means Down's syndrome about as much as the word Gay means happy. ie I never use the word Mong to mean anything to do with Downs Syndrome.

    The Guardian World News

  • It's like a win but also defeat at the same time, one user commented on Facebook, under the name Gay Aussie.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • I'm not out to prove that I'm this or that so I use the term Gay as to me it means that I don't have to justify myself to the rest of the world in my choice of lover.

    Queerty

  • While the Liberal Democrat-run council steadfastly refuses to use the term Gay Village it seems it is fighting a losing battle.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Cuomo, like his father, is descended from what I call the Gay Talese or does it go back to Michelangelo? line of Italian-Americans -- witty, intelligent, dapper.

    Paul LaRosa: I Like Him -- He's Italian!

  • Ovitz went after what he called the Gay Mafia - Geffen, Barry Diller, and even those who weren't gay like Ron Meyer and Eisner, because he claimed they were the cause of his woes.

    Bush Should Have Used A War Comparison Everyone Could Get Behind

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