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

  • Perkins, Frances 1882-1965. American social reformer and public official. As U.S. secretary of labor (1933-1945) she was the first woman to hold a cabinet position.
  • Perkins, Maxwell Evarts 1884-1947. American editor who helped develop the talents of a number of great writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe.

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  • proper n. An English and Welsh patronymic surname from Perkin, a medieval diminutive of Peter.


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