Definitions

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

  • Terence Originally Publius Terentius Afer. 185?-159? B.C. African-born Roman playwright. Taken to Rome as the young slave of a senator, he was educated and then freed by his master. His plays, including Phormio and Adelphi, are largely based on Greek comedies and feature fine dialogue and subtle humor.

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  • proper n. A male given name. Popular in the U.K. in the mid-twentieth century.

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  • n. dramatist of ancient Rome (born in Greece) whose comedies were based on works by Menander (190?-159 BC)

Etymologies

Latin Terentius, a Roman family name of obscure origin, borne by a Roman playwright and by early Christian saints. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was the first place I'd read of Robert K. Temple's book The Sirius Mystery and it was also the first time I heard the name Terence McKenna.

    Boing Boing

  • This is evident in Terence Conran's Boundary hotel in London's hip Shoreditch neighborhood, which has a terrace complete with fire, around which smokers congregate.

    Dusting Off the Stogie's Stodgy Image

  • Having occasion to go to the village, he called Terence, and ordered his horse to be saddled.

    Bond and Free: A Tale of the South

  • "Terence" -- that very small fragment of the Eunuchus which Plunkett forced into his head through the opposite pole of his person --

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847

  • Or, to paraphrase Terence, "Canadian sum: Canadian nil a me alienum puto."

    trinityboy Diary Entry

  • It seems, Leah, that one Henry Terence Dalton Covington, alias Terence Dalton, married an Elizabeth Balfour six months prior to exchanging vows with the present Lady Covington.

    Almost a Whisper

  • To join in this weekly pastime, the boys sallied out of the house, and called Terence with the order, "Saddle Daisy and Prince right away; do you hear?"

    Bond and Free: A Tale of the South

  • I know that your son is called Terence after my son.

    Love of Brothers

  • Of these there survived now only two of the first Mrs. Madden's offspring -- Michael and Celia -- and a son of the present wife, who had been baptized Terence, but called himself Theodore.

    The Damnation of Theron Ware

  • I agreed with him; and calling Terence to accompany us, we told the rest that we were going to the edge of the ice to see how things were, and to set up a signal.

    Peter the Whaler

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