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

  • Harper, Stephen Joseph Born 1959. Canadian politician who has served as the prime minister of Canada since 2006.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An occupational surname for a player of the harp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A player on the harp; a minstrel.
  • n. A brass coin bearing the emblem of a harp, -- formerly current in Ireland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who plays on the harp.
  • n. One of various Irish coins (for example, the ‘shilling’ and the ‘groat’) current in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: popularly so called from the harp which formed their reverse type. Also harp.
  • n. The harp-seal.

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

  • n. someone who plays the harp


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  • MY DEAR MRS HARPER -- I write to you instead of to your husband, Captain Harper, who is by birth my nephew, as I understand that he might be upset by an unexpected letter, being at present in a critical state of health.

    Robin Redbreast A Story for Girls

  • Roger of Calverley in the time of Richard I. had a harper who was the composer of this tune; his evidence being, apparently, that persons of the name of Harper had lands in the neighbourhood of

    Spectator, July 2, 1711

  • Mr. Thoresby has it that Sir Roger of Calverley in the time of Richard I had a harper who was the composer of this tune; his evidence being, apparently, that persons of the name of Harper had lands in the neighbourhood of Calverley.

    The Spectator, Volume 1 Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essays

  • This is what CONservatives DO Jeremy K from Burnaby BC, Canada writes: once again harper shames canada for ideological reasons charlie brown from Canada writes: Another vicious kick right in the face from Harper to decency., writes: 'Born again, baptized in the holy spirit, bible thumper, speaker in tongues, foot washer, evangelical -- WHATEVER.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • First Soudas and now MacDougall maintains that using the term Harper Government to refer to the federal government is a long-standing practice across various governments.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • He repeated a term Harper used at the Deauville summit saying the final statement was balanced.'' - Home Page

  • Despite Conservative assertions to the contrary, a directive did go out to some civil servants last fall ordering them to use the term "Harper Government" in official government of Canada communications.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • Raymond Rivet said in an email that he "cannot speculate" on what directive Junker was referring to: "There may have been instances where the term was introduced but, as I have said, there was no formal directive to use the term Harper Government."

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • "There has been no directive from PCO to use the term 'Harper Government,"' wrote the departmental spokesman.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • "They have been scaled back and asked by government to focus on delivery, which is code for 'stop nagging us [ie government]'," said Martin Harper from the RSPB.

    'Slash-and-burn': Green quangos hit by cuts


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