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

  • Wilkes, Charles 1798-1877. American naval officer and explorer of Antarctica and the Pacific coast of North America. Wilkes Land was named after him.
  • Wilkes, John 1727-1797. British political reformer noted for his published attacks on George III and for his support of the rights of American colonists.
  • Wilkes, Maurice Born 1913. British mathematician who made significant developments to computer storage and memory and who devised the first computing service (1949).

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  • proper n. A patronymic surname.

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  • n. English reformer who published attacks on George III and supported the rights of the American colonists (1727-1797)
  • n. United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)


From Wilk, a back-formation from Wilkin + the patronymic suffix -s. (Wiktionary)



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