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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A trademark for an award presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for excellence in the creation and production of movies.

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  • proper noun A male given name.
  • proper noun The letter O in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  • noun A statuette awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • noun The letter O in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

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

  • noun an annual award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance

Etymologies

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Irish Osgar, from os ("deer") + cara ("friend") ; resuscitated by James Mcpherson in The Works of Ossian (1765). Napoleon, an admirer of the Ossianic poems, chose it for his godson Oscar Bernadotte, who became a king of Sweden. It can also be explained by Old English ōs ("god") and gār ("spear") (see Oswald, Osborn, Oswid, Osric, Oslak).

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