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

  • Terry, Clark Known as "Mumbles.” Born 1920. American jazz trumpeter and vocalist who was noted for his muted trumpet style and his mumbled scat singing.
  • Terry, Dame Ellen Alice or Alicia 1847-1928. British actress. The preeminent English-speaking actress of her day, she was known for her Shakespearean roles and her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw.
  • Terry, Megan Originally Marguerite Duffy. Born 1932. American playwright and feminist. A leader in American experimental theater, she is best known for her anti-war musical Viet Rock (1966).
  • Terry, William Known as "Bill.” 1898-1989. American baseball player. During his career with the New York Giants (1924-1941), he batted .310 or better in 11 seasons, batting .401 in 1930.

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  • proper n. A patronymic surname from the medieval Norman given name Thierry, cognate of the English Derek.
  • proper n. A male given name transferred back from the surname, or a diminutive of Terence or of any of its alternative forms.
  • proper n. A female given name, diminutive of Teresa or any of its alternative forms.


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  • BOBBY SCHINDLER, TERRY SCHIAVO'S BROTHER: Under no circumstances would Terry ever would have wanted to die in such a horrible way.

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  • I love old-school traditional comics - TERRY AND THE PIRATES kicked ass - but why couldn't that Terry come up against blood-drinking Satanists?

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  • MICHELLE MOUSER, NIECE OF MINER TERRY HELMS: If I know Terry, he is OK and helping everybody else get through it.

    CNN Transcript Jan 3, 2006

  • LANA PADILLA, FORMER WIFE OF OKLAHOMA CITY BOMB CONSPIRATOR TERRY NICHOLS: I truly believe that McVeigh had threatened Terry and his family, and was capable of hurting them.

    CNN Transcript Apr 20, 2005

  • He recorded some songs early in his career under the name Terry Preston, and in some early records he spelled his last name Huskey.

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  • That, and her Terry is a source of never ending joy.

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  • Inside the flyleaf was a white envelope with the name Terry written on it, in Ernie’s appalling script.

    Walls of Silence

  • Along with the films that bookend it in Terry Gilliam's CV – Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Brazil forms a loose trilogy concerned with dreamers.

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  • And, sadly, Randall Terry is not helping matters at all.

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  • Randall Terry is soulless and hungry for hot wings.

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