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

  • n. A name given to a person at birth or at baptism, as distinguished from a surname.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A forename, a name chosen for a child, usually by the child's parents; a first name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the Christian name, or name given by one's parents or guardians, as distinguished from the surname, which is inherited.
  • n. See under Given.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the name that precedes the surname


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