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

  • Turner, Frederick Jackson 1861-1932. American historian who emphasized the importance of the frontier in American history.
  • Turner, Joseph Mallord William 1775-1851. British painter whose abstract treatment of light, color, and space influenced the French impressionists. His works include Sun Rising Through Vapour (1807).
  • Turner, Joseph Vernon Known as "Big Joe.” 1911-1985. American jazz and blues singer. Noted for a singing style which resembles shouting, he contributed greatly to the development of rhythm and blues.
  • Turner, Nat 1800-1831. American slave leader who organized about 70 followers and led a rebellion in Virginia, during which approximately 50 whites were killed (1831). He was then captured and executed.

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  • proper n. An English and Scottish surname.


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An occupational surname for a turner or tumbler.



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