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

  • Wasserstein, Wendy 1950-2006. American playwright noted for her comedies, such as The Heidi Chronicles (1988), for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • In 2004 New York private-equity firm Wasserstein & Co. paid $252.9 million to buy the vendor from the Japanese conglomerate Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co. in a highly leveraged transaction.

    Harry & David Nears Chapter 11

  • Since then, several controversial decisions—including replacing long-time Harry & David executives and paying the Wasserstein group millions of dollars in annual management fees—have left bitter feelings among many here, especially after the economy soured and layoffs of hourly employees began.

    Harry & David Nears Chapter 11

  • Julie Salamon, the author of Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein, writes: In the last three years, I've been consumed with the subject of secrets while I've been writing a biography of Wendy Wasserstein, the New York playwright who dedicated herself to controlling narrative, in both her life and her work.

    George Heymont: Rolling Down a River, Drowning in Denial

  • Another especially beautiful number, sung by the whole cast, is "It Started With a Dream," from Pamela's First Musical, Coleman's collaboration with Wendy Wasserstein, which, to my knowledge, has only been given a staged reading in New York.

    Howard Kissel: The Best Is Yet to Come

  • The most expensive co-op sold last year was the $29 million sale of an 11th-floor apartment at 927 Fifth Ave. that was owned by the late Bruce Wasserstein , the investor.

    Manhattan Luxury Sales Climb Back, Slowly

  • Then I turned to the continuation of the article inside the paper and learned the reason: Wasserstein & Co. "purchased" the company in a leveraged buyout in 2004.

    Another Company Leveraged to Death

  • Cash raised through the IPO enabled Bruce Wasserstein, then head of the bank, to buy out the firm's chairman and biggest shareholder, Michel David-Weill.

    Athens Calling—Banker Rocks EU

  • Eastman Kodak and Hostess Brands, both of which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month, are expected to ask the courts to let them kill their plans, following in the footsteps of bankruptcies at American Airlines parent AMR Corp., Harry & David, the mail-order food retailer owned by private-equity firm Wasserstein & Co., and scores of auto-parts companies, steelmakers and others.

    Saving Retiree Health Plans

  • Unlike some apartments with headline asking prices that have lingered on the market for years, the Wasserstein co-op on the corner of 74th Street was said by brokers to be reasonably priced.

    Wasserstein Sale Seeks Quick Bids

  • Brokers said the frenzy of interest in the Wasserstein co-op reflected the scarcity of large Fifth Avenue apartments on the market that are well priced, require little renovation and are located high "above the tree line" with unobstructed views of Central Park.

    Wasserstein Sale Seeks Quick Bids


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.