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

  • Macaulay, Dame Rose 1881-1958. British writer whose witty, urbane novels include Potterism (1920) and The World My Wilderness (1950).
  • Macaulay, Thomas Babington. First Baron Macaulay. 1800-1859. British historian, writer, and politician whose works include the popular History of England (1849-1861), numerous essays for the Edinburgh Review, and a volume of narrative poems, Lays of Ancient Rome (1842).

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  • proper n. A surname of Gaelic origin.

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  • n. English historian noted for his history of England (1800-1859)


From Scotland, an anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh ("son of Amhalghaidh"). From Ireland, an anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Amhlaoibh ("son of Amhlaoibh") or Mac Amhlaidh ("son of Amhlaidh"). These Gaelic names are derived from the Old Norse personal name Áleifr and Óláfr (Wiktionary)



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