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

  • A town of northeast Texas, an industrial suburb of Dallas. Population: 196,000.
  • Irving, Sir Henry 1838-1905. British Shakespearean actor whose productions, particularly those at London's Lyceum Theatre, won him the first knighthood awarded to a member of his profession (1895).
  • Irving, John Born 1942. American writer. His darkly humorous novels include The World According to Garp (1978) and The Cider House Rules (1985).
  • Irving, Washington 1783-1859. American writer remembered for the stories "Rip Van Winkle” and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” contained in The Sketch Book (1819-1820).

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  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname. Used by English-speaking Jews to anglicize Israel.
  • proper n. Any of a number of places in U.S. named after persons with the surname.

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  • n. United States writer remembered for his stories (1783-1859)
  • n. United States writer of darkly humorous novels (born in 1942)


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Variant of the Scottish habitational surname Irvine, probably from Celtic word cognate with Welsh ir, yr "green,fresh" + afon "water".



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