Definitions

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

  • Reagan, Nancy Davis Born 1921. First Lady of the United States (1981-1989) as the wife of President Ronald Reagan. She established a nationwide antidrug campaign.
  • Reagan, Ronald Wilson 1911-2004. The 40th President of the United States (1981-1989). An actor turned politician, he was governor of California (1967-1975) and defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election. His administration was marked by economic recovery, military involvement in Grenada, Central America, Lebanon, and Libya, and improved relations with the Soviet Union.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Of the administration of Ronald Reagan, U.S. President in 1981-1989.
  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. A male given name, occasional transferred use of the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name of American usage since the 1970s.

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  • n. 40th President of the United States (1911-2004)

Etymologies

Anglicized from Irish Gaelic Ó Riagáin "descendant of Riagán", a personal name possibly derived from ríodhgach "impulsive, furious". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • MICHAEL REAGAN, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Well, I could use the old line, you know, Reagan was a friend of mine, and John McCain ain ` t no Ronald Reagan.

    CNN Transcript Oct 16, 2008

  • So, a sentence such as ˜in the past, Reagan was president™ would seem to be true depending on whether the content of ˜Reagan is president™ is true at some past time.

    Propositions

  • KATHLEEN KOCH, CNN CORRESPONDENT, REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT, WASHINGTON, D.C.: Melissa, actually, when you look around Reagan National Airport today, it looks like a very typical Sunday afternoon, though the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority does say that security has been boosted here.

    CNN Transcript Jul 1, 2007

  • REAGAN: And a part of Reagan ` s administration, a 29-year-old White House lawyer named John Roberts.

    CNN Transcript Aug 17, 2005

  • DINESH D'SOUZA, AUTHOR, "RONALD REAGAN": I was part of a generation of young people who came to Washington excited by Reagan and by what he represented.

    CNN Transcript Jun 5, 2004

  • GARY FOSTER, REAGAN FAMILY SPOKESMAN: Well, we were prepared for there to be a fairly great outpouring of affection for the president because, after all, this is, you know, the heart of Reagan country but we had no idea it was going to be like this to tell you the truth.

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2004

  • N. REAGAN. Yes, he did, but there's a book that's coming out by Marty Anderson called "Reagan in His Own Words."

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live Weekend: Nancy Reagan Reflects on Life With Ronald - March 4, 2001

  • "REAGAN ELECTRIFIES GOP" was the headline the next morning on page one of New York Newsday; in fact the Reagan appearance, which was rhetorically pitched not to a live audience but to the more intimate demands of the camera, was, inside the Superdome, barely registered.

    Insider Baseball

  • AS REAGAN SAID: Reagan: "We can have peace this second, if we surrender."

    THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS

  • As frightening as it might be Obama is likely more reagan than Reagan was and history may be less kind to Geotge W. Bush than it will to Jimmy Carter.

    Editorials from Hell's leading daily newspaper

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