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

  • Wesley, John 1703-1791. British religious leader who founded Methodism (1738). His brother Charles (1707-1788) wrote thousands of hymns, including "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”

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  • proper n. A habitational surname.
  • proper n. John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
  • proper n. A male given name, transferred from the surname since the 18th century, today often without any religious connotations.

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  • n. English clergyman and brother of John Wesley who wrote many hymns (1707-1788)
  • n. English clergyman and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)


Several places in England, from Old English west ("west") + lēah ("wood, clearing"). (Wiktionary)



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