Nouns denoting people

1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
English statesman; member of the Conservative Party (1867-1947)
 
1st lieutenant
a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a 2nd lieutenant and below a captain
 
1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
English general during World War II; won victories over Rommel in North Africa and led British ground forces in the invasion of Normandy (1887-1976)
 
2nd lieutenant
a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps holding the lowest rank
 
A. Noam Chomsky
United States linguist whose theory of generative grammar redefined the field of linguistics (born 1928)
 
Aaron
(Old Testament) elder brother of Moses and first high priest of the Israelites; created the golden calf
 
Aaron Burr
United States politician who served as vice president under Jefferson; he mortally wounded his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and fled south (1756-1836)
 
Aaron Copland
United States composer who developed a distinctly American music (1900-1990)
 
Aaron Montgomery Ward
United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)
 
abandoned infant
a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown
 
abandoned person
someone for whom hope has been abandoned
 
abator
a person who abates a nuisance
 
abbe
a French abbot
 
abbess
the superior of a group of nuns
 
abbot
the superior of an abbey of monks
 
Abbott Lawrence Lowell
United States educator and president of Harvard University (1856-1943)
 
abbreviator
one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
 
abdicator
one who formally relinquishes an office or responsibility
 
abductor
someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
 
abecedarian
a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
 
Abel
(Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain
 
Abel Janszoon Tasman
Dutch navigator who was the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand (1603-1659)
 
Abenaki
a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern Quebec
 
aberrant
one whose behavior departs substantially from the norm of a group
 
abetter
one who helps or encourages or incites another
 
abhorrer
a signer of a 1679 address to Charles II in which those who petitioned for the reconvening of parliament were condemned and abhorred
 
abiogenist
a believer in abiogenesis
 
abjurer
a person who abjures
 
Abkhasian
a member of the Circassian people who live to the east of the Black Sea
 
able seaman
a seaman in the merchant marine; trained in special skills
 
abnegator
one who gives up or relinquishes or renounces something
 
abolitionist
a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
 
abominable snowman
a large hairy humanoid creature said to live in the Himalayas
 
abomination
a person who is loathsome or disgusting
 
abominator
one who hates or loathes
 
aboriginal
an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
 
abortionist
a person (who should be a doctor) who terminates pregnancies
 
Abraham Stoker
Irish writer of the horror novel about Dracula (1847-1912)
 
abrogator
an authority or official empowered to abolish or annul or repeal
 
absconder
a fugitive who runs away and hides to avoid arrest or prosecution
 
abseiler
a person who descends down a nearly vertical face by using a doubled rope that is wrapped around the body and attached to some high point
 
absentee
one that is absent or not in residence
 
absolutist
one who advocates absolutism
 
absolver
someone who grants absolution
 
abstainer
a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages
 
abstainer
someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
 
abstract artist
a painter of abstract pictures
 
abstracter
one who makes abstracts or summarizes information
 
Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina
Persian physician and influential philosopher; his interpretation of Aristotle influenced St. Thomas Aquinas; writings on medicine were important for almost 500 years (980-1037)
 
Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd
Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198)
 
abuser
someone who abuses
 
abutter
the owner of contiguous property
 
Aby Moritz Warburg
German art historian (1866-1929)
 
academic administrator
an administrator in a college or university
 
academic
an educator who works at a college or university
 
academician
someone elected to honorary membership in an academy
 
academician
a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
 
Acadian
an early French settler in the Maritimes
 
acceptor
the person (or institution) who accepts a check or draft and becomes responsible for paying the party named in the draft when it matures
 
accessary
someone who helps another person commit a crime
 
accessory after the fact
a person who gives assistance or comfort to someone known to be a felon or known to be sought in connection with the commission of a felony
 
accessory before the fact
a person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration
 
accessory during the fact
a person who witnesses a crime but does not try to prevent it
 
accommodation endorser
a person who endorses a promissory note without compensation or benefit but simply as a favor to the borrower
 
accommodator
someone who performs a service or does a favor
 
accompanist
a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)
 
accomplice
a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
 
accordionist
a musician who plays the accordion
 
accoucheur
a physician specializing in obstetrics
 
accoucheuse
a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
 
account executive
someone in charge of a client's account for an advertising agency or brokerage or other service business
 
accountant
someone who maintains and audits business accounts
 
accumulator
a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)
 
accused
a defendant in a criminal proceeding
 
accuser
someone who imputes guilt or blame
 
ace
someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
 
Achaian
a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
 
achiever
a person with a record of successes
 
Achilles
a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'
 
Achmad Sukarno
Indonesian statesman who obtained the independence of Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1949 and served as president until ousted by Suharto in a coup d'etat (1901-1970)
 
Achomawi
a member of the Achomawi community of northeastern California
 
acid head
someone who takes LSD
 
acolyte
someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
 
acoustician
a physicist who specializes in acoustics
 
acquaintance
a person with whom you are acquainted
 
acquirer
a person who acquires something (usually permanently)
 
acrobat
an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination
 
action officer
the case officer designated to perform an act during a clandestine operation (especially in a hostile area)
 
active
a person who is a participating member of an organization
 
active citizen
a citizen who takes an active role in the community (as in crime prevention and neighborhood watch)
 
activist
a militant reformer
 
actor's agent
a business agent for an actor
 
actor's assistant
a wardrobe assistant for an actor
 
actor
a person who acts and gets things done
 
actor
a theatrical performer
 
actress
a female actor
 
actuary
someone versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data (especially someone who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums)
 
Adad
Babylonian god of storms and wind
 
Adam
(Old Testament) in Judeo-Christian mythology; the first man and the husband of Eve and the progenitor of the human race
 
Adam Smith
Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790)
 
Adapa
a Babylonian demigod or first man (sometimes identified with Adam)
 
adapter
a musician who adapts a composition for particular voices or instruments or for another style of performance
 
adder
a person who adds numbers
 
addict
someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms
 
addict
someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
 
addlehead
a person with confused ideas; incapable of serious thought
 
addressee
one to whom something is addressed
 
adducer
a discussant who offers an example or a reason or a proof
 
Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf
English author whose work used such techniques as stream of consciousness and the interior monologue; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1882-1941)
 
adherent
someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
 
Aditi
a Hindu goddess who releases from sin or disease; mother of the Adityas
 
Aditya
one of 7 to 12 sons of Aditi; Hindu gods of celestial light
 
adjudicator
a person who studies and settles conflicts and disputes
 
adjunct
a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another
 
adjuster
one who investigates insurance claims or claims for damages and recommends an effective settlement
 
adjutant general
a general's adjutant; chief administrative officer
 
adjutant
an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
 
Adlai Ewing Stevenson
United States politician and diplomat (1900-1968)
 
adman
someone whose business is advertising
 
administrative official
an official of a bureaucracy
 
administrator
the party appointed by a probate court to distribute the estate of someone who dies without a will or without naming an executor
 
administrator
someone who administers a business
 
administrator
someone who manages a government agency or department
 
Admiral Dewey
a United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War
 
admiral
the supreme commander of a fleet; ranks above a vice admiral and below a fleet admiral
 
admirer
a person who admires; someone who esteems or respects or approves
 
admirer
someone who admires a young woman
 
admirer
a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
 
admonisher
someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
 
adolescent
a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
 
Adolf Hitler
German Nazi dictator during World War II (1889-1945)
 
Adolf Loos
Austrian architect (1870-1933)
 
Adolf Windaus
German chemist who studied steroids and cholesterol and discovered histamine (1876-1959)
 
Adolph Simon Ochs
United States newspaper publisher (1858-1935)
 
Adolphe Sax
a Belgian maker of musical instruments who invented the saxophone (1814-1894)
 
Adonis
(Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone
 
adonis
any handsome young man
 
adoptee
someone (such as a child) who has been adopted
 
adopter
a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child
 
adulator
a person who uses flattery
 
adult female
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
 
adult male
an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
 
adult
a fully developed person from maturity onward
 
adulterator
a changer who lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance
 
adulterer
someone who commits adultery or fornication
 
adulteress
a woman adulterer
 
advancer
someone who advances
 
adventurer
someone who travels into little known regions (especially for some scientific purpose)
 
adventurer
a person who enjoys taking risks
 
adventuress
a woman adventurer
 
adversary
someone who offers opposition
 
adverse witness
a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party
 
advisee
someone who receives advice
 
adviser
an expert who gives advice
 
advocate
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
 
advocate
a lawyer who pleads cases in court
 
Aegisthus
(Greek mythology) the seducer of Clytemnestra and murderer of Agamemnon who usurped the throne of Mycenae until Agamemnon's son Orestes returned home and killed him
 
Aelius Donatus
Roman grammarian whose textbook on Latin grammar was used throughout the Middle Ages (fourth century)
 
Aeneas
a mythical Greek warrior who was a leader on the Trojan side of the Trojan War; hero of the Aeneid
 
Aeolian
a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
 
Aeolus
god of the winds in ancient mythology
 
aeon
(Gnosticism) a divine power or nature emanating from the Supreme Being and playing various roles in the operation of the universe
 
aerialist
an acrobat who performs in the air (as on a rope or trapeze)
 
aeronaut
someone who operates an aircraft
 
aeronautical engineer
an engineer concerned with the design and construction of aircraft
 
aerophile
a lover of aviation
 
aerospace engineer
an engineer of aircraft and space vehicles
 
Aeschylus
Greek tragedian; the father of Greek tragic drama (525-456 BC)
 
Aesculapius
son of Apollo; a hero and the Roman god of medicine and healing; his daughters were Hygeia and Panacea
 
Aesir
(Norse mythology) the chief of gods living at Asgard
 
Aesop
Greek author of fables (circa 620-560 BC)
 
aesthete
one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
 
aesthetician
a philosopher who specializes in the nature of beauty
 
aesthetician
a worker skilled in giving beauty treatments (manicures and facials etc.)
 
Aether
personification of the sky or upper air breathed by the Olympians; son of Erebus and night or of Chaos and darkness
 
aetiologist
a specialist in the etiology of diseases
 
affiant
a person who makes an affidavit
 
affiliate
a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization
 
affine
(anthropology) kin by marriage
 
affirmer
someone who claims to speak the truth
 
affluent
an affluent person; a person who is financially well off
 
Afghanistani
a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan
 
aficionado
a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer
 
aficionado
a fan of bull fighting
 
African
a native or inhabitant of Africa
 
African-American
a person with African ancestry,
 
Afrikander
a white native of Cape Province who is a descendant of Dutch settlers and who speaks Afrikaans
 
Agamemnon
(Greek mythology) the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
 
Agdistis
Asiatic epithet for Rhea or Cybele
 
agent
a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
 
agent provocateur
a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts
 
agent
a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
 
agent
any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
 
agent-in-place
an operative serving as a penetration into an intelligence target
 
aggravator
an unpleasant person who is annoying or exasperating
 
aggregator
a person who collects things
 
aggressor
a confident assertive person who acts as instigator
 
aggressor
someone who attacks
 
agitator
one who agitates; a political troublemaker
 
Aglaia
(Greek mythology) one of the three Graces
 
agnate
one related on the father's side
 
Agnes George de Mille
United States dancer and choreographer who introduced formal dance to a wide audience (1905-1993)
 
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Indian nun and missionary in the Roman Catholic Church (born of Albanian parents in what is now Macedonia); dedicated to helping the poor in India (1910-1997)
 
Agni
(Sanskrit) Hindu god of fire in ancient and traditional India; one of the three chief deities of the Vedas
 
agnostic
a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
 
agnostic
someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
 
agonist
someone involved in a contest or battle (as in an agon)
 
agonist
the principal character in a work of fiction
 
agony aunt
a newspaper columnist who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write in
 
agricultural agent
an advisor employed by the government to assist people in rural areas with methods of farming and home economics
 
agricultural laborer
a person who tills the soil for a living
 
agriculturalist
someone concerned with the science or art or business of cultivating the soil
 
Agrippina the Elder
granddaughter of Augustus and mother of Caligula and Agrippina the Younger (14 BC - AD 33)
 
Agrippina the Younger
wife who poisoned Claudius after her son Nero was declared heir and who was then put to death by Nero
 
agronomist
an expert in soil management and field-crop production
 
Ahab
according to the Old Testament he was a pagan king of Israel and husband of Jezebel (9th century BC)
 
Ahmad Shah Masoud
Afghan leader of forces opposed to the Taliban; won fame by successfully resisting the Soviets in the 1980s; was assassinated by men posing as journalists (1953-2001)
 
Ahmed Salman Rushdie
British writer of novels who was born in India; one of his novels is regarded as blasphemous by Muslims and a fatwa was issued condemning him to death (born in 1947)
 
Ahmed Zoki Yamani
Saudi Arabian minister of petroleum who was a central figure in the creation of OPEC (born in 1930)
 
Ahriman
the spirit of evil in Zoroastrianism; arch rival of Ormazd
 
Ahura
(Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
 
Ahura Mazda
chief deity of Zoroastrianism; source of light and embodiment of good
 
aide
someone who acts as assistant
 
Aidoneus
(Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
 
Aimee Semple McPherson
United States evangelist (born in Canada) noted for her extravagant religious services (1890-1944)
 
air attache
a military attache who is a commissioned or warrant officer in an air force
 
air force officer
an officer in the airforce
 
air hostess
a woman steward on an airplane
 
air marshal
a person trained by the government in hijacking and terrorist tactics who (for security reasons) is a passenger aboard an airline flight
 
air traveler
someone who travels by airplane
 
aircraftman
a noncommissioned officer in the British Royal Air Force
 
aircrewman
a member of an aircrew
 
airhead
a flighty scatterbrained simpleton
 
airplane pilot
someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
 
airwoman
a woman aviator
 
Ajax
a mythical Greek hero; a warrior who fought against Troy in the Iliad
 
Akira Kurosawa
Japanese filmmaker noted for blending Japanese folklore with western styles of acting (1910-1998)
 
Akwa'ala
a member of the Akwa'ala community in Baja California
 
Al Hirschfeld
United States artist noted for his line-drawn caricatures (1904-2003)
 
Al-hakim
an Ismaili caliph of Egypt who declared himself an incarnation of God and founded the Druze religious sect (985-1021)
 
Al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham
an Egyptian polymath (born in Iraq) whose research in geometry and optics was influential into the 17th century; established experiments as the norm of proof in physics (died in 1040)
 
Alabama
a member of the Muskhogean people formerly living in what is now the state of Alabama
 
Alabamian
a native or resident of Alabama
 
Aladdin
in the Arabian Nights a boy who acquires a magic lamp from which he can summon a genie
 
Alan Alexander Milne
English writer of stories for children (1882-1956)
 
Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.
astronaut who made the first United States' suborbital rocket-powered flight in 1961 (1923-1998)
 
Alan Jay Lerner
United States lyricist who collaborated on musicals with Frederick Loewe (1918-1986)
 
Alan Lloyd Hodgkin
English physiologist who, with Andrew Huxley, discovered the role of potassium and sodium atoms in the transmission of the nerve impulse (1914-1998)
 
Alan Mathison Turing
English mathematician who conceived of the Turing machine and broke German codes during World War II (1912-1954)
 
Alan Seeger
United States poet killed in World War I (1888-1916)
 
Alan Stewart Paton
South African writer (1903-1988)
 
Alaric
king of the Visigoths who captured Rome in 410 (370-410)
 
alarmist
a person who alarms others needlessly
 
Alaskan
a native or resident of Alaska
 
Alaskan Native
a member or descendant of any of the aboriginal peoples of Alaska
 
Alban Berg
Austrian composer in Schoenberg's twelve-tone music system (1885-1935)
 
Albanian
a native or inhabitant of Albania
 
Alben William Barkley
United States politician and lawyer; vice president of the United States (1877-1956)
 
Albert Abraham Michelson
United States physicist (born in Germany) who collaborated with Morley in the Michelson-Morley experiment (1852-1931)
 
Albert Bruce Sabin
United States microbiologist (born in Poland) who developed the Sabin vaccine that is taken orally against poliomyelitis (born 1906)
 
Albert Camus
French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)
 
Albert Edward
King of England from 1901 to 1910; son of Victoria and Prince Albert; famous for his elegant sporting ways (1841-1910)
 
Albert Einstein
physicist born in Germany who formulated the special theory of relativity and the general theory of relativity; Einstein also proposed that light consists of discrete quantized bundles of energy (later called photons) (1879-1955)
 
Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel
prince consort of Queen Victoria of England (1819-1861)
 
Albert Gore Jr.
Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
 
Albert Schweitzer
French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
 
Albert Speer
German Nazi architect who worked for Hitler (1905-1981)
 
Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi
United States biochemist (born in Hungary) who was the first to isolate vitamin C (1893-1986)
 
Alberto Giacometti
Swiss sculptor and painter known for his bronze sculptures of elongated figures (1901-1966)
 
albino
a person with congenital albinism: white hair and milky skin; eyes are usually pink
 
Albino Luciano
the first Pope to assume a double name; he reigned for only 34 days (1912-1978)
 
Albrecht Durer
a leading German painter and engraver of the Renaissance (1471-1528)
 
Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel von Wallenstein
Austrian general who fought for the Hapsburgs during the Thirty Years' War (1583-1634)
 
Alcaeus
Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; reputed inventor of Alcaic verse (611-580 BC)
 
alcalde
a mayor or chief magistrate of a Spanish town
 
alchemist
one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone
 
Alcibiades
ancient Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War (circa 450-404 BC)
 
alcoholic
a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
 
alderman
a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)
 
Aldous Leonard Huxley
English writer; grandson of Thomas Huxley who is remembered mainly for his depiction of a scientifically controlled utopia (1894-1963)
 
ale drinker
someone whose favorite drink is beer or ale
 
Alecto
one of the three Furies
 
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Russian poet (1880-1921)
 
Aleksandr Feodorovich Kerensky
Russian revolutionary who was head of state after Nicholas II abdicated but was overthrown by the Bolsheviks (1881-1970)
 
Aleksandr Mikjailovich Prokhorov
Russian physicist whose research into ways of moving electrons around atoms led to the development of masers and lasers for producing high-intensity radiation (1916-2002)
 
Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin
Russian composer of orchestral and piano music (1872-1915)
 
Aleksandr Pavlovich
the czar of Russia whose plans to liberalize the government of Russia were unrealized because of the wars with Napoleon (1777-1825)
 
Aleksandr Porfirevich Borodin
Russian composer (1833-1887)
 
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin
Russian poet (1799-1837)
 
Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov
Russian writer of plays and novels and short stories; noted for his depiction of social outcasts
 
Alessandro di Mariano dei Filipepi
Italian painter of mythological and religious paintings (1444-1510)
 
Alessandro Farnese
Italian pope from 1534 to 1549 who excommunicated Henry VIII of England in 1538 and initiated the Council of Trent in 1545; was active in the Counter Reformation and promoted the Society of Jesus for this purpose (1468-1549)
 
Alessandro Manzoni
Italian novelist and poet (1785-1873)
 
Aletta Jacobs
Dutch physician who opened the first birth control clinic in the world in Amsterdam (1854-1929)
 
Aleutian
a member of the people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska
 
Alex Haley
United States writer and Afro-American who wrote a fictionalized account of tracing his family roots back to Africa (1921-1992)
 
Alexander Calder
United States sculptor who first created mobiles and stabiles (1898-1976)
 
Alexander Graham Bell
United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
 
Alexander Hamilton
United States statesman and leader of the Federalists; as the first Secretary of the Treasury he establish a federal bank; was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr (1755-1804)
 
Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
Soviet writer and political dissident whose novels exposed the brutality of Soviet labor camps (born in 1918)
 
Alexander Melville Bell
a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)
 
Alexander Pope
English poet and satirist (1688-1744)
 
Alexander Selcraig
Scottish sailor who was put ashore on a deserted island off the coast of Chile for five years (providing the basis for Daniel Defoe's novel about Robinson Crusoe) (1676-1721)
 
Alexander the Great
king of Macedon; conqueror of Greece and Egypt and Persia; founder of Alexandria (356-323 BC)
 
Alexander the Liberator
the son of Nicholas I who, as czar of Russia, introduced reforms that included limited emancipation of the serfs (1818-1881)
 
Alexander Wilson
Scottish ornithologist in the United States (1766-1813)
 
Alexander Woollcott
United States drama critic and journalist (1887-1943)
 
Alexandre Dumas
French writer remembered for his swashbuckling historical tales (1802-1870)
 
Alexandre Emile Jean Yersin
French bacteriologist born in Switzerland; was a student of Pasteur; discovered the plague bacillus (1863-1943)
 
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
French engineer who constructed the Eiffel Tower (1832-1923)
 
Alexandrian
a resident or native of Alexandria (especially Alexandria in Egypt)
 
alexic
a person with alexia
 
Alexis Carrel
French surgeon and biologist who developed a way to suture and graft blood vessels (1873-1944)
 
Alexis Charles Henri Maurice de Tocqueville
French political writer noted for his analysis of American institutions (1805-1859)
 
Alfonso Borgia
Italian pope whose nepotism put the Borgia family in power in Italy (1378-1458)
 
Alfred Alistair Cooke
United States journalist (born in England in 1908)
 
Alfred Bernhard Nobel
Swedish chemist remembered for his invention of dynamite and for the bequest that created the Nobel prizes (1833-1896)
 
Alfred Binet
French psychologist remembered for his studies of the intellectual development of children (1857-1911)
 
Alfred Charles Kinsey
United States zoologist best known for his interview studies of sexual behavior (1894-1956)
 
Alfred Charles William Harmsworth
British newspaper publisher (1865-1922)
 
Alfred Damon Runyon
United States writer of humorous stylized stories about Broadway and the New York underground (1884-1946)
 
Alfred Dreyfus
French army officer of Jewish descent whose false imprisonment for treason in 1894 raised issues of anti-Semitism that dominated French politics until his release in 1906 (1859-1935)
 
Alfred Edward Housman
English poet (1859-1936)
 
Alfred Edward Woodley Mason
English writer (1865-1948)
 
Alfred Eisenstaedt
United States photographer (born in Germany) whose unposed documentary photographs created photojournalism (born in 1898)
 
Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski
United States semanticist (born in Poland) (1879-1950)
 
Alfred Hawthorne
risque English comedian (1925-1992)
 
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
English film director noted for his skill in creating suspense (1899-1980)
 
Alfred Kastler
French physicist (1902-1984)
 
Alfred Krupp
German arms manufacturer and son of Friedrich Krupp; his firm provided ordnance for German armies from the 1840s through World War II (1812-1887)
 
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Englishman and Victorian poet (1809-1892)
 
Alfred Lothar Wegener
German geophysicist who proposed the theory of continental drift (1880-1930)
 
Alfred Louis Kroeber
United States anthropologist noted for his studies of culture (1876-1960)
 
Alfred Lunt
United States actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions (1893-1977)
 
Alfred North Whitehead
English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Bertrand Russell (1861-1947)
 
Alfred Noyes
English poet (1880-1958)
 
Alfred Russel Wallace
English naturalist who formulated a concept of evolution that resembled Charles Darwin's (1823-1913)
 
Alfred Stieglitz
United States photographer (1864-1946)
 
Alfred Thayer Mahan
United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)
 
Alfred the Great
king of Wessex; defeated the Vikings and encouraged writing in English (849-899)
 
algebraist
a mathematician whose specialty is algebra
 
Algerian
a native or inhabitant of Algeria
 
Algernon Charles Swinburne
English poet (1837-1909)
 
Algonkian
a member of a North American Indian people in the Ottawa river valley of Ontario and Quebec
 
Algonquian
a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
 
Ali
the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
 
Ali Baba
the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment
 
Alice B. Toklas
United States writer remembered as the secretary and companion of Gertrude Stein (1877-1967)
 
Alice Hamilton
United States toxicologist known for her work on industrial poisons (1869-1970)
 
Alice Malsenior Walker
United States writer (born in 1944)
 
Alice Paul
United States feminist (1885-1977)
 
Alice-Josephine Pons
United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
 
Alicia Alonso
Cuban dancer and choreographer (born in 1921)
 
alien absconder
a fugitive remaining in the United States after an immigration judge has ordered them deported
 
alien
a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
 
alien
a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
 
alien
anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
 
alienator
an unpleasant person who causes friendly people to become indifferent or unfriendly or hostile
 
alienee
someone to whom the title of property is transferred
 
alienist
a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness
 
alienor
someone from whom the title of property is transferred
 
aliterate
a person who can read but is disinclined to derive information from literary sources
 
all arounder
a versatile person who is expert at many things
 
Alla Nazimova
United States actress (born in Russia) (1879-1945)
 
Allah
Muslim name for the one and only God
 
allayer
a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
 
allegoriser
someone who communicates in allegories
 
Allen Ginsberg
United States poet of the beat generation (1926-1997)
 
Allen Stewart Konigsberg
United States filmmaker and comic actor (1935-)
 
allergist
a physician skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies
 
alleviator
a therapist who makes suffering more endurable
 
alliterator
a speaker or writer who makes use of alliteration
 
allocator
a person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion
 
ally
an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
 
almoner
an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients
 
Almoravid
a member of a Muslim dynasty of Berber warriors that flourished from 1049 to 1145 and that established political dominance over northwestern Africa and Spain
 
almsgiver
a person who gives alms
 
Aloys Senefelder
German printer who invented lithography (1771-1834)
 
alphabetiser
a literate person who can arrange items in alphabetical order
 
Alphonse Bertillon
French criminologist (1853-1914)
 
Alphonse Capone
United States gangster who terrorized Chicago during prohibition until arrested for tax evasion (1899-1947)
 
alpinist
a mountain climber who specializes in difficult climbs
 
Alsatian
a native or inhabitant of Alsace
 
also-ran
a contestant who loses the contest
 
Altaic
any member of the peoples speaking a language in the Altaic language group
 
altar boy
a boy serving as an acolyte
 
alter ego
a very close and trusted friend who seems almost a part of yourself
 
alternate
someone who takes the place of another person
 
Althea Gibson
United States tennis player who was the first Black woman player to win all the major world singles titles (1927-2003)
 
alto
a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
 
alto saxophonist
a musician who plays the alto saxophone
 
Alton Glenn Miller
United States bandleader of a popular big band (1909-1944)
 
altruist
someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being
 
alum
a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
 
Alvin Ailey
United States choreographer noted for his use of African elements (born in 1931)
 
Amaethon
the farmer god; ancient god of agriculture
 
amah
a female domestic
 
amah
a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
 
amalgamator
a businessman who arranges an amalgamation of two or more commercial companies
 
Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin
French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
 
amanuensis
someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
 
Amaterasu Omikami
central deity of Shinto; goddess personifying the sun and ancestress of the rulers of Japan
 
amateur
someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
 
amateur
an athlete who does not play for pay
 
Amazon
(Greek mythology) one of a nation of women warriors of Scythia (who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively)
 
amazon
a large strong and aggressive woman
 
ambassador
an informal representative
 
ambassador
a diplomat of the highest rank; accredited as representative from one country to another
 
ambassadress
a woman ambassador
 
ambler
someone who walks at a leisurely pace
 
Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti
pope who signed a treaty with Mussolini recognizing the Vatican City as an independent state (1857-1939)
 
Ambrose Everett Burnside
United States general in the American Civil War who was defeated by Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg (1824-1881)
 
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
United States writer of caustic wit (1842-1914)
 
ambulance chaser
an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue
 
ambusher
an attacker who waits in a concealed position to launch a surprise attack
 
Amedeo Avogadro
Italian physicist noted for his work on gases; proposed what has come to be called Avogadro's law (1776-1856)
 
Amedeo Modigliano
Italian painter and sculptor (1884-1920)
 
ameer
an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)
 
Amelia Earhart
first woman aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic (1928); while attempting to fly around the world she disappeared over the Pacific (1898-1937)
 
Amenhotep IV
early ruler of Egypt who rejected the old gods and replaced them with sun worship (died in 1358 BC)
 
American
a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
 
American
a native or inhabitant of the United States
 
American Revolutionary leader
a nationalist leader in the American Revolution and in the creation of the United States
 
Americus Vespucius
Florentine navigator who explored the coast of South America; America was named in his honor (1454-1512)
 
Amhara
a member of the Semitic speaking people of northern Ethiopia
 
amicus curiae
an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case; usually someone who wants to influence the outcome of a lawsuit involving matters of wide public interest
 
amigo
a friend or comrade
 
Amish
an American follower of the Mennonite religion
 
amnesiac
a person suffering from amnesia
 
Amon
a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshipped especially at Thebes
 
Amon-Ra
Egyptian sun god; supreme god of the universe in whom Amen and Ra were merged; principal deity during Theban supremacy
 
amora
one of a group of rabbis (active AD 250-500) who discussed the Mishnaic law in the law schools of Palestine and Mesopotamia where they explained and applied earlier teachings and whose discussions are recorded in the Talmud; they emphasized the study of Torah and the importance of personal action and the fulfillment of the commandments
 
amoralist
someone who adheres to the doctrine that ordinary moral distinctions are invalid
 
amorist
one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love
 
Amos
a Hebrew shepherd and minor prophet
 
amphisbaena
(classical mythology) a serpent with a head at each end of its body
 
amputator
a surgeon who removes part or all of a limb
 
amputee
someone who has had a limb removed by amputation
 
Amy Lowell
United States poet (1874-1925)
 
Ana
mother of the ancient Irish gods; sometimes identified with Danu
 
Anabaptist
adherent of Anabaptism
 
anachronism
a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age
 
anaesthetist
a specialist who administers an anesthetic to a patient before he is treated
 
anagnost
a cleric in the minor orders of the Eastern Orthodox Church who reads the lessons aloud in the liturgy (analogous to the lector in the Roman Catholic Church)
 
analogist
someone who looks for analogies or who reasons by analogy
 
analphabet
an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet
 
analysand
a person undergoing psychoanalysis
 
analyst
someone who is skilled at analyzing data
 
analyst
an expert who studies financial data (on credit or securities or sales or financial patterns etc.) and recommends appropriate business actions
 
analyst
a licensed practitioner of psychoanalysis
 
Ananias
a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was struck dead for lying)
 
anarchist
an advocate of anarchism
 
Anasazi
a Native American who lived in what is now southern Colorado and Utah and northern Arizona and New Mexico and who built cliff dwellings
 
anathema
a detested person
 
Anatoli Yevgenevich Karpov
Russian chess master who was world champion from 1975 until 1985 when he was defeated by Gary Kasparov (born in 1951)
 
anatomist
an expert in anatomy
 
Anaxagoras
a presocratic Athenian philosopher who maintained that everything is composed of very small particles that were arranged by some eternal intelligence (500-428 BC)
 
Anaximander
a presocratic Greek philosopher and student of Thales who believed the universal substance to be infinity rather than something resembling ordinary objects (611-547 BC)
 
Anaximenes
a presocratic Greek philosopher and associate of Anaximander who believed that all things are made of air in different degrees of density (6th century BC)
 
ancestor
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
 
ancestress
a woman ancestor
 
anchor
a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
 
anchorite
one retired from society for religious reasons
 
ancient
a person who lived in ancient times
 
ancient
a very old person
 
Anders Celsius
Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade thermometer (1701-1744)
 
Andorran
a native or inhabitant of Andorra
 
Andre Derain
French painter and exponent of fauvism (1880-1954)
 
Andre Eglevsky
United States ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1917-1977)
 
Andre Le Notre
French landscape gardener who designed many formal gardens including the parks of Versailles (1613-1700)
 
Andre Maginot
French politician who proposed the Maginot Line (1877-1932)
 
Andre Malraux
French novelist (1901-1976)
 
Andre Maurois
French writer best known for his biographies (1885-1967)
 
Andre Paul Guillaume Gide
French author and dramatist who is regarded as the father of modern French literature (1869-1951)
 
Andre Weil
United States mathematician (born in France) (1906-1998)
 
Andrea Guarneri
founder of a family of Italian violin makers (1626?-1698)
 
Andrea Mantegna
Italian painter and engraver noted for his frescoes (1431-1506)
 
Andrea Palladio
highly original and much imitated Italian architect (1508-1580)
 
Andreas Vesalius
a Flemish surgeon who is considered the father of modern anatomy (1514-1564)
 
Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko
Soviet ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations (1909-1989)
 
Andrei Arsenevich Tarkovsky
Russian filmmaker (1932-1986)
 
Andrei Dimitrievich Sakharov
Soviet physicist and dissident; helped develop the first Russian hydrogen bomb; advocated nuclear disarmament and campaigned for human rights (1921-1989)
 
Andrei Markov
Russian mathematician (1856-1922)
 
Andrei Voznesenski
Russian poet (born in 1933)
 
Andres Segovia
Spanish guitarist who made classical guitar a concert instrument (1893-1987)
 
Andrew Carnegie
United States industrialist and philanthropist who endowed education and public libraries and research trusts (1835-1919)
 
Andrew Dickson White
United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)
 
Andrew Fielding Huxley
English physiologist who, with Alan Hodgkin, discovered the role of potassium and sodium ions in the transmission of the nerve impulse (born in 1917)
 
Andrew Jackson
7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)
 
Andrew Jackson Downing
United States landscape architect who designed the grounds of the White House and the Capitol Building (1815-1852)
 
Andrew Marvell
English poet (1621-1678)
 
Andrew William Mellon
United States financier and philanthropist (1855-1937)
 
Andrew Wyeth
United States painter (born in 1917)
 
Andrija Mohorovicic
Yugoslav geophysicist for whom the Mohorovicic discontinuity was named (1857-1936)
 
androgyne
one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
 
Andromeda
(Greek mythology) an Ethiopian princess and daughter of Cassiopeia; she was fastened to a rock and exposed to a sea monster that was sent by Poseidon, but she was rescued by Perseus and became his wife
 
Andrzej Wajda
Polish filmmaker (born in 1929)
 
Andvari
(Norse mythology) a dwarf who possessed a treasure that was stolen by Loki
 
Andy Warhol
United States artist who was a leader of the Pop Art movement (1930-1987)
 
anecdotist
a person skilled in telling anecdotes
 
angel
spiritual being attendant upon God
 
angel
invests in a theatrical production
 
angel
person of exceptional holiness
 
Angelo Correr
the Italian pope from 1406 to 1415 who worked to end the Great Schism and who retired to make it possible (1327-1417)
 
Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli
Italian pope from 1958 to 1963 who convoked the Second Vatican Council (1881-1963)
 
Angevine
a resident of Anjou
 
angiologist
a physician who specializes in angiology
 
Angle
a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Saxons and Jutes to become Anglo-Saxons
 
angler
a scheming person; someone who schemes to gain an advantage
 
angler
a fisherman who uses a hook and line
 
Anglican
a Protestant who is a follower of Anglicanism
 
Anglican Catholic
a member of the Anglican Church who emphasizes its Catholic character
 
Anglo-American
an American who was born in Britain or one whose ancestors were British
 
Anglo-Indian
a person of English citizenship born or living in India
 
Anglo-Saxon
a native or inhabitant of England prior to the Norman Conquest
 
Anglo-Saxon
a person of Anglo-Saxon (especially British) descent whose native tongue is English and whose culture is strongly influenced by English culture as in WASP for `White Anglo-Saxon Protestant'
 
Anglo-Saxon deity
(Anglo-Saxon mythology) a deity worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons
 
anglophil
an admirer of England and things English
 
anglophobe
a person who hates England and everything English
 
Angolan
a native or inhabitant of Angola
 
Angolese
a member of the Bantu tribes resident in Angola
 
Anguillan
a native or inhabitant of the island of Anguilla in the West Indies
 
Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson
English writer of novels and short stories (1913-1991)
 
Angus Og
Celtic god of love and beauty; patron deity of young men and women
 
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
a Roman who was an early Christian philosopher and statesman who was executed for treason; Boethius had a decisive influence on medieval logic (circa 480-524)
 
animal fancier
a person who breeds animals
 
animal scientist
a specialist in the branch of biology dealing with animals
 
animal stuffer
a craftsman who stuffs and mounts the skins of animals for display
 
animal trainer
one who trains or exhibits animals
 
animator
the technician who produces animated cartoons
 
animator
someone who imparts energy and vitality and spirit to other people
 
animist
one who accepts the doctrine of animism
 
Anna Amalia Mercouri
Greek film actress (1925-1994)
 
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
wife of Franklin Roosevelt and a strong advocate of human rights (1884-1962)
 
Anna Howard Shaw
United States physician and suffragist (1847-1919)
 
Anna Mary Robertson Moses
United States painter of colorful and primitive rural scenes (1860-1961)
 
Anna Pavlova
Russian ballerina (1882-1931)
 
annalist
a historian who writes annals
 
Annapurna
wife of Siva and a benevolent aspect of Devi: Hindu goddess of plenty
 
Anne
Queen of England and Scotland and Ireland; daughter if James II and the last of the Stuart monarchs; in 1707 she was the last English ruler to exercise the royal veto over parliament (1665-1714)
 
Anne Boleyn
the second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I; was executed on a charge of adultery (1507-1536)
 
Anne Bronte
English novelist; youngest of three Bronte sisters (1820-1849)
 
Anne Dudley Bradstreet
poet in colonial America (born in England) (1612-1672)
 
Anne Hathaway
wife of William Shakespeare (1556-1623)
 
Anne Hutchinson
American colonist (born in England) who was banished from Boston for her religious views (1591-1643)
 
Anne Mansfield Sullivan
United States educator who was the teacher and lifelong companion of Helen Keller (1866-1936)
 
Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
French economist who in 1774 was put in control of finances by Louis XVI; his proposals for reforms that involved abolishing feudal privileges made him unpopular with the aristocracy and in 1776 he was dismissed (1727-1781)
 
Anne Sexton
United States poet (1928-1974)
 
Annie Oakley
United States sharpshooter who was featured in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (1860-1926)
 
annihilator
a total destroyer
 
annotator
a commentator who writes notes to a text
 
announcer
reads news, commercials on radio or television
 
announcer
someone who proclaims a message publicly
 
annoyer
someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
 
annuitant
the recipient of an annuity
 
anointer
one who anoints as a religious ceremony
 
anomalist
someone who has a special interest in exceptional cases
 
anomaly
a person who is unusual
 
anorectic
a person suffering from anorexia nervosa
 
Anshar
the Babylonian father of the gods; identified with Assyrian Ashur; in Sumerian the name signifies `the totality of the upper world'
 
answerer
someone who responds
 
antediluvian
any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
 
anthologist
an editor who makes selections for an anthology
 
Anthony Burgess
English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993)
 
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
British statesman who became prime minister in 1997 (born in 1953)
 
Anthony Comstock
United States reformer who led moral crusades against art and literature that he considered obscene (1844-1915)
 
Anthony Trollope
English writer of novels (1815-1882)
 
anthropoid
person who resembles a nonhuman primate
 
anthropologist
a social scientist who specializes in anthropology
 
anthropophagite
a person who eats human flesh
 
anti
a person who is opposed (to an action or policy or practice etc.)
 
anti-American
a person who is opposed to the United States and its policies
 
anti-intellectual
a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
 
anti-Semite
someone who hates and would persecute Jews
 
Antichrist
(Christianity) the adversary of Christ (or Christianity) mentioned in the New Testament; the Antichrist will rule the world until overthrown by the Second Coming of Christ
 
anticipant
one who anticipates
 
antifeminist
someone who does not believe in the social or economic or political equality of men and women
 
Antigone
(Greek mythology) the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
 
Antigonus Cyclops
a general of Alexander the Great and king of Macedonia; lost one eye; killed in a battle at Ipsus (382-301 BC)
 
Antiguan
a native or inhabitant of Antigua
 
antihero
a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
 
antinomian
a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
 
antipope
someone who is elected pope in opposition to another person who is held to be canonically elected
 
antiquarian
an expert or collector of antiquities
 
antique
an elderly man
 
Antoine Domino
United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
 
Antoine Henri Becquerel
French physicist who discovered that rays emitted by uranium salts affect photographic plates (1852-1908)
 
Antoine Laurent de Jussieu
French botanist who categorized plants into families and developed a system of plant classification (1748-1836)
 
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier
French chemist known as the father of modern chemistry; discovered oxygen and disproved the theory of phlogiston (1743-1794)
 
Anton Bruckner
Austrian organist and composer of romantic music (1824-1896)
 
Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein
Russian composer and pianist (1829-1894)
 
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Russian dramatist whose plays are concerned with the difficulty of communication between people (1860-1904)
 
Anton van Leeuwenhoek
Dutch pioneer microscopist who was among the first to recognize cells in animals and who gave the first accurate descriptions of microbes and spermatozoa and blood corpuscles (1632-1723)
 
Antonin Dvorak
Czech composer who combined folk elements with traditional forms (1841-1904)
 
Antonio Allegri da Correggio
Italian painter noted for his use of chiaroscuro and perspective (1494-1534)
 
Antonio Gaudi i Cornet
Spanish architect who was a leading exponent of art nouveau in Europe (1852-1926)
 
Antonio Ghislieri
Italian pope from 1566 to 1572 who led the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church; he excommunicated Elizabeth I (1504-1572)
 
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
Mexican general who tried to crush the Texas revolt and who lost battles to Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War (1795-1876)
 
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Italian baroque composer and violinist (1675-1741)
 
Antonio Pignatelli
Italian pope from 1691 to 1700 who abolished nepotism within the church hierarchy and was universally loved for his charity and piety
 
Antonius Pius
Emperor of Rome; adoptive son of Hadrian (86-161)
 
Antonius Stradivarius
Italian violin maker who developed the modern violin and created violins of unequaled tonal quality (1644?-1737)
 
Antony Tudor
United States dancer and choreographer (born in England) (1909-1987)
 
Antum
Babylonian consort of Anu
 
Anu
Babylonian god of the sky; one of the supreme triad including Bel and Ea
 
Anubis
Egyptian god of tombs and ruler of the underworld; usually depicted as a man with the head of a jackal
 
Anunnaki
any of a group of powerful Babylonian earth spirits or genii; servitors of the gods
 
Anwar el-Sadat
Egyptian statesman who (as president of Egypt) negotiated a peace treaty with Menachem Begin (then prime minister of Israel) (1918-1981)
 
Anzac
a soldier in the Australian and New Zealand army corps during World War I
 
apache
a Parisian gangster
 
Apache
any member of Athapaskan tribes that migrated to the southwestern desert (from Arizona to Texas and south into Mexico); fought a losing battle from 1861 to 1886 with the United States and were resettled in Oklahoma
 
ape
someone who copies the words or behavior of another
 
ape-man
a person assumed to have been raised by apes
 
ape-man
hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
 
aphakic
someone afflicted by aphakia; someone lacking the natural lenses of the eyes
 
aphasic
someone affected by aphasia or inability to use or understand language
 
aphorist
someone who formulates aphorisms or who repeats aphorisms
 
Aphrodite
goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus
 
apiarist
a farmer who keeps bees for their honey
 
apologist
a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution
 
apostate
a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
 
Apostelic Father
any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people
 
apostle
an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform
 
Apostle
(New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
 
Apostle of Germany
(Roman Catholic Church) Anglo-Saxon missionary who was sent to Frisia and Germany to spread the Christian faith; was martyred in Frisia (680-754)
 
Apostle of the Gentiles
(New Testament) a Christian missionary to the Gentiles; author of several Epistles in the New Testament; even though Paul was not present at the Last Supper he is considered an Apostle
 
apostolic delegate
(Roman Catholic Church) a representative of the Holy See in a country that has no formal diplomatic relations with it
 
apothecary
a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
 
apotheosis
model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
 
Appalachian
a native or inhabitant of Appalachia
 
apparatchik
a communist who was a member of the administrative system of a communist party
 
apparatchik
a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization (especially a political organization)
 
apparition
a ghostly appearing figure
 
appeaser
someone who tries to bring peace by acceding to demands
 
appellant
the party who appeals a decision of a lower court
 
applauder
someone who applauds
 
apple polisher
someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
 
applicant
a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
 
applied scientist
a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
 
appointee
an official who is appointed
 
appointee
a person who is appointed to a job or position
 
appraiser
one who determines authenticity (as of works of art) or who guarantees validity
 
appraiser
one who estimates officially the worth or value or quality of things
 
appreciator
a person who is fully aware of something and understands it
 
apprehender
a person who seizes or arrests (especially a person who seizes or arrests in the name of justice)
 
apprehender
a person who knows or apprehends
 
apprentice
works for an expert to learn a trade
 
appropriator
someone who takes for his or her own use (especially without permission)
 
approver
an authority with power to approve
 
April fool
the butt of a prank played on April 1st
 
Apsu
father of the gods and consort of Tiamat
 
aquanaut
a skilled worker who can live in underwater installations and participate in scientific research
 
aquanaut
an underwater swimmer equipped with a face mask and foot fins and either a snorkel or an air cylinder
 
Arab chief
the leader of an Arab village or family
 
Arabian
a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
 
Arabist
a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture
 
Aram Ilich Khachaturian
Russian composer (born in Armenia) whose works are romantic and reflect his interest in folk music (1903-1978)
 
Aram Kachaturian
Armenian composer who incorporated oriental folk music (1903-1978)
 
Aramaean
a member of one of a group of Semitic peoples inhabiting Aram and parts of Mesopotamia from the 11th to the 8th century BC
 
Arapahoe
a member of a tribe of Plains Indians formerly inhabiting eastern Colorado and Wyoming (now living in Oklahoma and Wyoming)
 
Arawakan
a member of a widespread group of Amerindians living in northeastern South America
 
Arawn
Celtic deity who was the lord of Annwfn (the other world or the land of fairies)
 
arb
someone who engages in arbitrage (who purchases securities in one market for immediate resale in another in the hope of profiting from the price differential)
 
arbiter
someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
 
arbiter
someone with the power to settle matters at will
 
arboriculturist
someone trained in forestry
 
arborist
a specialist in treating damaged trees
 
Arcadian
an inhabitant of Arcadia
 
Arcangelo Corelli
Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
 
archaeologist
an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture
 
archaist
a person who archaizes
 
archangel
an angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy
 
archbishop
a bishop of highest rank
 
archdeacon
(Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
 
archduchess
a wife or widow of an archduke or a princess of the former ruling house of Austria
 
archduke
a sovereign prince of the former ruling house of Austria
 
archer
a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow
 
Archibald MacLeish
United States poet (1892-1982)
 
Archibald Percival Wavell
British field marshal in North Africa in World War II; he defeated the Italians before being defeated by the Germans (1883-1950)
 
Archimedes
Greek mathematician and physicist noted for his work in hydrostatics and mechanics and geometry (287-212 BC)
 
architect
someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)
 
archivist
a person in charge of collecting and cataloguing archives
 
archpriest
a senior clergyman and dignitary
 
Areopagite
a member of the council of the Areopagus
 
Ares
(Greek mythology) Greek god of war; son of Zeus and Hera; identified with Roman Mars
 
Argentinian
a native or inhabitant of Argentina
 
Argive
a native or inhabitant of the city of Argos
 
argonaut
someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
 
Argonaut
(Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
 
arguer
someone who engages in debate
 
Argus
(Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes
 
Arhant
a Buddhist who has attained nirvana
 
Ariadne
beautiful daughter of Minos and Pasiphae; she fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth
 
arianist
an adherent of Arianism (the belief that Jesus Christ was not truly God)
 
Arianrhod
Celtic goddess famous for her beauty; mother of Dylan
 
Aries
(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries
 
Arikara
a member of the Caddo people who formerly lived in the Dakotas west of the Missouri river
 
Aristarchus
an ancient Greek grammarian remembered for his commentary on the Iliad and Odyssey (circa 217-145 BC)
 
Aristarchus of Samos
an ancient Greek astronomer who was one of the first to propose a heliocentric theory of the universe (circa 270 BC)
 
Aristide Maillol
French sculptor of monumental female nudes (1861-1944)
 
aristocrat
a member of the aristocracy
 
Aristophanes
an ancient Greek dramatist remembered for his comedies (448-380 BC)
 
Aristotelian
a follower of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism
 
Aristotle
one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian philosophers; pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC)
 
arithmetician
someone who specializes in arithmetic
 
Arius
a Greek who was a Christian theologian active in Alexandria and who was declared a heretic for his doctrines about God (which came to be known as Arianism) (256?-336)
 
Arizonian
a native or resident of Arizona
 
Arjuna
(Hindu mythology) the warrior prince in the Bhagavad-Gita to whom Krishna explains the nature of being and of God and how humans can come to know God
 
Arkansawyer
a native or resident of Arkansas
 
Armand Jean du Plessis
French prelate and statesman; principal minister to Louis XIII (1585-1642)
 
armchair liberal
a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them
 
Armenian
a native or inhabitant of Armenia
 
armiger
a nobleman entitled to bear heraldic arms
 
armiger
a squire carrying the armor of a knight
 
Arminian
adherent of Arminianism
 
Arminius
German hero; leader at the battle of Teutoburger Wald in AD 9 (circa 18 BC - AD 19)
 
armorer
a worker skilled in making armor or arms
 
armorer
an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc.
 
arms manufacturer
someone who manufactures arms and munitions
 
arms-runner
a smuggler of guns
 
army attache
a military attache who is a commissioned or warrant officer in an army
 
army brat
the child of a career officer of the United States Army
 
army engineer
a member of the military who is trained in engineering and construction work
 
army officer
an officer in the armed forces
 
Arna Wendell Bontemps
United States writer (1902-1973)
 
Arnold Daniel Palmer
United States golfer (born in 1929)
 
Arnold Joseph Toynbee
English historian who studied the rise and fall of civilizations looking for cyclical patterns (1889-1975)
 
Arnold Lucius Gesell
United States psychologist noted for his work in child development (1880-1961)
 
Arnold of Brescia
Italian theologian who censured the worldly possessions of monks and the temporal power of bishops and was condemned for dogmatic errors by the Second Lateran Council (early 12th century)
 
Arnold Schoenberg
United States composer and musical theorist (born in Austria) who developed atonal composition (1874-1951)
 
arouser
someone who rouses others from sleep
 
arranger
a person who brings order and organization to an enterprise
 
arrival
someone who arrives (or has arrived)
 
arriviste
a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
 
arrogator
a person who through conceit makes pretentious claims to rights or advantages that he or she is not entitled to or to qualities that he or she does not possess
 
arrowsmith
a maker of arrows
 
arsonist
a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
 
art critic
a critic of paintings
 
art dealer
a dealer in works of art requiring esthetic evaluation
 
art director
the director in charge of the artistic features of a theatrical production (costumes and scenery and lighting)
 
art editor
an editor who is responsible for illustrations and layouts in printed matter
 
art historian
a historian of art
 
art student
someone studying to be an artist
 
art teacher
someone who teaches art
 
Artaxerxes I
king of Persia who sanctioned the practice of Judaism in Jerusalem (?-424 BC)
 
Artaxerxes II
king of Persia who subdued numerous revolutions and made peace with Sparta (?-359 BC)
 
arthritic
a person afflicted with arthritis
 
Arthur Edwin Kennelly
United States electrical engineer noted for his work on the theory of alternating currents; independently of Oliver Heaviside he discovered the existence of an atmospheric layer that reflects radio waves back to earth (1861-1939)
 
Arthur Fiedler
popular United States conductor (1894-1979)
 
Arthur Garfield Hays
United States lawyer involved in several famous court trials (1881-1954)
 
Arthur Holly Compton
United States physicist noted for research on x-rays and gamma rays and nuclear energy; his observation that X-rays behave like miniature bowling balls in their interactions with electrons provided evidence for the quantal nature of light (1892-1962)
 
Arthur Holmes
English geologist and supporter of the theory of continental drift (1890-1965)
 
Arthur Honegger
Swiss composer (born in France) who was the founding member of a group in Paris that included Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau (1892-1955)
 
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
 
Arthur James Balfour
English statesman; member of the Conservative Party (1848-1930)
 
Arthur John Gielgud
English actor of Shakespearean roles who was also noted for appearances in films (1904-2000)
 
Arthur Koestler
British writer (born in Hungary) who wrote a novel exposing the Stalinist purges during the 1930s (1905-1983)
 
Arthur Laffer
United States economist who proposed the Laffer curve (born in 1940)
 
Arthur Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1893-1964)
 
Arthur Meier Schlesinger
United States historian (1888-1965)
 
Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.
United States historian and advisor to President Kennedy (born in 1917)
 
Arthur Miller
United States playwright (1915-2005)
 
Arthur Mitchell
United States dancer who formed the first Black classical ballet company (born in 1934)
 
Arthur Neville Chamberlain
British statesman who as Prime Minister pursued a policy of appeasement toward fascist Germany (1869-1940)
 
Arthur Robert Ashe
United States tennis player who was the first Black to win United States and English singles championships (1943-1993)
 
Arthur Rubinstein
United States pianist (born in Poland) known for his interpretations of the music of Chopin (1886-1982)
 
Arthur Schopenhauer
German pessimist philosopher (1788-1860)
 
Arthur Seymour Sullivan
English composer of operettas who collaborated with the librettist William Gilbert (1842-1900)
 
Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel
United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965)
 
Arthur Symons
English poet (1865-1945)
 
Arthur Tappan
United States abolitionist (1786-1865)
 
Arthur Tatum
United States jazz pianist who was almost completely blind; his innovations influenced many other jazz musicians (1910-1956)
 
articulator
someone who pronounces words
 
artificer
a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
 
artificer
someone who is the first to think of or make something
 
artilleryman
a serviceman in the artillery
 
artist's model
a person who poses for a painter or sculptor
 
artist
a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
 
artiste
a public performer (a dancer or singer)
 
Artur Schnabel
United States composer (born in Austria) and pianist noted for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert (1882-1951)
 
Arturo Toscanini
Italian conductor of many orchestras worldwide (1867-1957)
 
Aruru
mother and earth goddess in Gilgamish epic; identified with Sumerian Ki and Ninkhursag
 
Aryan
(according to Nazi doctrine) a Caucasian person of Nordic descent (and not a Jew)
 
Asa Gray
United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)
 
Asa Yoelson
United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)
 
Asanga
Indian religious leader and founder of the Yogacara school of Buddhism in India (4th century)
 
Asaph Hall
United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907)
 
ascender
someone who ascends
 
Ashkenazi
a Jew of eastern European or German descent
 
Ashley Montagu
United States anthropologist (born in England) who popularized anthropology (1905-)
 
Ashtoreth
an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar
 
Ashur
chief god of the Assyrians; god of military prowess and empire; identified with Babylonian Anshar
 
Asian American
an American who is of Asian descent
 
Asiatic
a native or inhabitant of Asia
 
asker
someone who asks a question
 
aspirant
an ambitious and aspiring young person
 
ass
a pompous fool
 
ass-kisser
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
 
Assamese
native or inhabitant of the state of Assam in northeastern India
 
assassin
a member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders
 
assassin
a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed
 
assayer
an analyst who assays (performs chemical tests on) metals
 
assemblyman
someone who is a member of a legislative assembly
 
assemblywoman
a woman assemblyman
 
assenter
a person who assents
 
assessee
a person (or property) that is assessed
 
assessor
an official who evaluates property for the purpose of taxing it
 
assignee
(law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred)
 
assignor
(law) the party who makes an assignment
 
assimilator
someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
 
assistant foreman
a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
 
assistant professor
a teacher or lower rank than an associate professor
 
assistant
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
 
associate
a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
 
associate
a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise
 
associate professor
a teacher lower in rank than a full professor but higher than an assistant professor
 
associate
a friend who is frequently in the company of another
 
Assurbanipal
king of Assyria who built a magnificent palace and library at Nineveh (668-627 BC)
 
Assyrian
an inhabitant of ancient Assyria
 
Asterope
(Greek mythology) one of the 7 Pleiades
 
asthmatic
a person suffering from asthma
 
astrogator
the navigator of a spacecraft
 
astrologer
someone who predicts the future by the positions of the planets and sun and Moon
 
astronaut
a person trained to travel in a spacecraft
 
astronomer
a physicist who studies astronomy
 
astrophysicist
an astronomer who studies the physical properties of celestial bodies
 
Asura
earlier a god; later a demon; counterpart of Zoroastrian Ahura
 
Asvins
(literally `possessing horses' in Sanskrit) in Hinduism the twin chariot warriors conveying Surya
 
atavist
an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
 
Ate
goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment
 
Athabaskan
a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Athapaskan language and living in the subarctic regions of western Canada and central Alaska
 
Athanasius the Great
(Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)
 
atheist
someone who does not believe in the existence of a god
 
Athelstan
the first Saxon ruler who extended his kingdom to include nearly all of England (895-939)
 
Athenian
a resident of Athens
 
athlete
a person trained to compete in sports
 
Athol Fugard
South African playwright whose plays feature the racial tensions in South Africa during apartheid (born in 1932)
 
Atlas
(Greek mythology) a Titan who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders
 
Aton
the sun (or solar disc) which was the deity of a monotheistic cult under the Pharaoh Akhenaten
 
Atreus
(Greek mythology) the king of Mycenae and father of Agamemnon and of Menelaus
 
Atropos
the Greek goddess of fate who cuts the thread of life
 
Atsugewi
a member of a North American Indian people of northern California
 
Attacapan
a member of an Indian people formerly living along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas
 
attache
a specialist assigned to the staff of a diplomatic mission
 
attempter
one who tries
 
attendant
a person who is present and participates in a meeting
 
attendant
someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
 
attender
someone who listens attentively
 
attestant
(law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
 
attestant
someone who affirms or vouches for the correctness or truth or genuineness of something
 
attorney general
the chief law officer of a country or state
 
attorney
a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
 
attracter
an entertainer who attracts large audiences
 
au pair
a young foreigner who lives with a family in return for doing light housework
 
au pair girl
a foreign girl serving as an au pair
 
auctioneer
an agent who conducts an auction
 
audile
one whose mental imagery is auditory rather than visual or motor
 
auditor
a qualified accountant who inspects the accounting records and practices of a business or other organization
 
auditor
a student who attends a course but does not take it for credit
 
Augeas
(Greek mythology) the mythical Greek king who for 30 years did not clean his stables which contained his vast herd of cattle
 
augur
(ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
 
August Ferdinand Mobius
German mathematician responsible for the Mobius strip (1790-1868)
 
August Friedrich Leopold Weismann
German biologist who was one of the founders of modern genetics; his theory of genetic transmission ruled out the possibility of transmitting acquired characteristics (1834-1914)
 
August von Wassermann
German bacteriologist who developed a diagnostic test for syphilis (1866-1925)
 
August Wilhelm von Hoffmann
German chemist (1818-1892)
 
Augustin Eugene Scribe
French playwright (1791-1861)
 
Augustin Jean Fresnel
French physicist who invented polarized light and invented the Fresnel lens (1788-1827)
 
Augustine of Hippo
(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430)
 
Augustinian
a Roman Catholic friar or monk belonging to one of the Augustinian monastic orders
 
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin
English architect who played a prominent role in the 19th century revival of Gothic architecture (1812-1852)
 
aunt
the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle
 
Aurora
(Roman mythology) goddess of the dawn; counterpart of Greek Eos
 
Austin Friar
one of the Roman Catholic hermits of Saint Augustine
 
Australian
a native or inhabitant of Australia
 
Australian Aborigine
a member of the people living in Australia when Europeans arrived
 
Austrian
a native or inhabitant of Austria
 
Austronesian
a native or inhabitant of Austronesia
 
auteur
a filmmaker who has a personal style and keeps creative control over his or her works
 
author
someone who originates or causes or initiates something
 
author
writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
 
authoress
a woman author
 
authoriser
an authority who authorizes (people or actions)
 
authoritarian
a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner
 
authority
an expert whose views are taken as definitive
 
authority
(usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
 
authority figure
someone who is regarded as an authority by someone else
 
auto-mechanic
someone whose occupation is repairing and maintaining automobiles
 
autobiographer
someone who writes their own biography
 
autochthon
the earliest known inhabitants of a region
 
autocrat
a cruel and oppressive dictator
 
autodidact
a person who has taught himself
 
automaton
someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
 
automobile driver
someone who drives racing cars at high speeds
 
automobilist
someone who drives (or travels in) an automobile
 
automotive engineer
an engineer concerned with the design and construction of automobiles
 
Avalokiteshvara
a male Bodhisattva; widely associated with various gods and people
 
avatar
the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form
 
avatar
a new personification of a familiar idea
 
avenger
someone who takes vengeance
 
avower
someone who admits or acknowledges openly and boldly
 
AWOL
one who is away or absent without leave
 
ayah
(in India) a native nursemaid who looks after children
 
ayatollah
a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well
 
Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini
Iranian religious leader of the Shiites; when Shah Pahlavi's regime fell Khomeini established a new constitution giving himself supreme powers (1900-1989)
 
Ayn Rand
United States writer (born in Russia) noted for her polemical novels and political conservativism (1905-1982)
 
Azerbaijani
a native or inhabitant of Azerbaijan
 
Aztec
a member of the Nahuatl people who established an empire in Mexico that was overthrown by Cortes in 1519
 
B-girl
a woman employed by a bar to act as a companion to men customers
 
Baal
any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god
 
Baal Merodach
the chief Babylonian god; his consort was Sarpanitu
 
baas
South African term for `boss'
 
Babar
an imaginary elephant that appears in a series of French books for children
 
babbler
an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
 
babe
a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
 
baboo
used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
 
baby
the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young)
 
baby
an unborn child; a human fetus
 
baby boomer
a member of the baby boom generation in the 1950s
 
baby buster
a person born in the generation following the baby boom when the birth rate fell dramatically
 
baby doctor
a specialist in the care of babies
 
baby farmer
someone who runs an establishment that houses and cares for babies for a fee
 
baby minder
a person who looks after babies (usually in the person's own home) while the babys' parents are working
 
baby
an immature childish person
 
Babylonian
an inhabitant of ancient Babylon
 
babysitter
a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home
 
bacchanal
a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
 
bacchanal
someone who engages in drinking bouts
 
bacchant
(classical mythology) a priest or votary of Bacchus
 
bacchante
(classical mythology) a priestess or votary of Bacchus
 
Bacchus
(classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus
 
bachelor girl
a young unmarried woman who lives alone
 
bachelor
a knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon
 
bachelor
a man who has never been married
 
back
(football) a person who plays in the backfield
 
back judge
a football official
 
back-number
someone who is no longer popular
 
backbencher
a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader
 
backbiter
one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
 
backpacker
a hiker who wears a backpack
 
backroom boy
an expert adviser involved in making important decisions but usually lacking official status
 
backscratcher
someone who is willing to trade favors or services for mutual advantage
 
backseat driver
a meddler who insists on giving unwanted advice
 
backslapper
someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality
 
backslider
someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
 
backstop
(baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
 
backstroker
someone who swims the backstroke
 
backup
someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
 
backwoodsman
a man who lives on the frontier
 
bacteriologist
a biologist who studies bacteria
 
bad egg
(old-fashioned slang) a bad person
 
bad fairy
a fairy that tends to cause harm
 
bad guy
any person who is not on your side
 
bad hat
someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
 
bad person
a person who does harm to others
 
Badaga
a member of an agricultural people of southern India
 
baddie
the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
 
badgerer
someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objections
 
bag lady
a homeless woman who carries all her possessions with her in shopping bags
 
bag
an ugly or ill-tempered woman
 
baggage
a worthless or immoral woman
 
baggageman
an attendant who takes care of baggage
 
bagger
a workman employed to pack things into containers
 
bagman
a racketeer assigned to collect or distribute payoff money
 
bagman
a salesman who travels to call on customers
 
bagpiper
someone who plays the bagpipe
 
Bahai
a teacher of or believer in Bahaism
 
Bahamian
a native or inhabitant of the Bahamas
 
Bahreini
a native or inhabitant of Bahrain
 
bailee
the agent to whom property involved in a bailment is delivered
 
bailiff
an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.
 
bailor
the person who delivers personal property (goods or money) in trust to the bailee in a bailment
 
Bairava
epithet of Siva
 
bairn
a child: son or daughter
 
baker
someone who bakes commercially
 
baker
someone who bakes bread or cake
 
Balance
(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
 
balancer
an acrobat who balances himself in difficult positions
 
Balarama
elder brother of Krishna; an incarnation of Vishnu
 
Balder
(Norse mythology) god of light and peace and noted for his beauty and sweet nature; son of Odin and Frigg and husband of Nanna; killed by Hoth
 
baldhead
a person whose head is bald or shaved
 
Balkan
an inhabitant of the Balkan Peninsula
 
balker
a person who refuses to comply
 
ball boy
a boy who retrieves balls for tennis players
 
ball carrier
(football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
 
ball hawk
a team athlete who is skilled at stealing or catching the ball
 
ball of fire
a highly energetic and indefatigable person
 
ball of fire
someone whose career progresses rapidly
 
ball-breaker
a demanding woman who destroys men's confidence
 
ballad maker
a composer of words or music for popular songs
 
balladeer
a singer of popular ballads
 
ballerina
a female ballet dancer
 
ballet dancer
a trained dancer who is a member of a ballet company
 
ballet master
a man who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
 
ballet mistress
a woman who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
 
balletomane
a ballet enthusiast
 
balloonist
someone who flies a balloon
 
ballplayer
an athlete who plays baseball
 
ballyhoo artist
someone who uses exaggerated or lurid material in order to gain public attention
 
Balthazar
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus
 
bambino
a young child
 
banderillero
the bullfighter who implants decorated darts (banderillas) into the neck or shoulders of the bull during a bull fight
 
bandit
an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band
 
bandleader
the leader of a dance band
 
bandmaster
the conductor of a band
 
bandsman
a player in a band (especially a military band)
 
Bangladeshi
a native or inhabitant of Bangladesh
 
bank clerk
an employee of a bank who receives and pays out money
 
bank commissioner
a commissioner appointed to supervise banks; a state superintendent of banks
 
bank examiner
an examiner appointed to audit the accounts of banks in a given jurisdiction
 
bank guard
a security guard at a bank
 
bank manager
manager of a branch office of a bank
 
bank robber
a robber of banks
 
banker
the person in charge of the bank in a gambling game
 
banker
a financier who owns or is an executive in a bank
 
bankrupt
someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts
 
banneret
a knight honored for valor; entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command
 
banshee
(Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
 
bantamweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 119 pounds
 
bantamweight
weighs 115-126 pounds
 
Bantu
a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa
 
Baptist
follower of Baptistic doctrines
 
bar fly
a drinker who frequents bars
 
Barack Hussein Obama
44th President of the United States; first African-American President
 
Barbadian
a native or inhabitant of Barbados
 
Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
United States historian (1912-1989)
 
barbarian
a member of an uncivilized people
 
Barbary pirate
a pirate along the Barbary Coast
 
barber
a hairdresser who cuts hair and shaves beards as a trade
 
Barbra Joan Streisand
United States singer and actress (born in 1942)
 
bard
a lyric poet
 
bargain hunter
a shopper who hunts for bargains
 
bargainer
negotiator of the terms of a transaction
 
bargainer
someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
 
bargee
someone who operates a barge
 
baritone
a male singer
 
barkeep
an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar
 
barker
someone who stands in front of a show (as at a carnival) and gives a loud colorful sales talk to potential customers
 
barmaid
a female bartender
 
barnburner
someone who burns down a barn
 
barnstormer
an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
 
barnstormer
a pilot who travels around the country giving exhibits of stunt flying and parachuting
 
baron
a British peer of the lowest rank
 
baron
a nobleman (in various countries) of varying rank
 
Baron Clive of Plassey
British general and statesman whose victory at Plassey in 1757 strengthened British control of India (1725-1774)
 
Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu
French political philosopher who advocated the separation of executive and legislative and judicial powers (1689-1755)
 
Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt
German naturalist who explored Central and South America and provided a comprehensive description of the physical universe (1769-1859)
 
Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben
American Revolutionary leader (born in Prussia) who trained the troops under George Washington (1730-1794)
 
Baron Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz
German physiologist and physicist (1821-1894)
 
Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding
British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
 
Baron Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier
French mathematician who developed Fourier analysis and studied the conduction of heat (1768-1830)
 
Baron Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber
German conductor and composer of romantic operas (1786-1826)
 
Baron Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt
German philologist noted for his studies of the relation between language and culture (1767-1835)
 
Baron Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton
English composer of many successful musicals (some in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice) (born in 1948)
 
Baron Olivier of Birghton
English actor best know for his Shakespearean roles (1907-1989)
 
Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
German neurologist noted for his studies of sexual deviance (1840-1902)
 
Baron Snow of Leicester
English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
 
baron
a very wealthy or powerful businessman
 
baroness
a noblewoman who holds the rank of baron or who is the wife or widow of a baron
 
Baroness Emmusca Orczy
British writer (born in Hungary) (1865-1947)
 
Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth
English economist and conservationist (1914-1981)
 
Baroness Karen Blixen
Danish writer who lived in Kenya for 19 years and is remembered for her writings about Africa (1885-1962)
 
Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven
British stateswoman; first woman to serve as Prime Minister (born in 1925)
 
Baronne Anne Louise Germaine Necker de Steal-Holstein
French romantic writer (1766-1817)
 
barrater
someone guilty of barratry
 
barrel maker
a craftsman who makes or repairs wooden barrels or tubs
 
barrister
a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution
 
barrow-boy
a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
 
Bart
a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight
 
barterer
a trader who exchanges goods and not money
 
Barthold George Niebuhr
German historian noted for his critical approach to sources and for his history of Rome (1776-1831)
 
Bartholomeu Diaz
Portuguese explorer who in 1488 was the first European to get round the Cape of Good Hope (thus establishing a sea route from the Atlantic to Asia) (1450-1500)
 
Bartholomew Roberts
a Welsh pirate credited with having taken more than 400 ships (1682-1722)
 
Bartolome Esteban Murillo
Spanish painter (1617-1682)
 
Bartolomeo Alberto Capillari
Italian pope from 1831 to 1846; conservative in politics and theology; worked to propagate Catholicism in England and the United States (1765-1846)
 
Bartolomeo Prignano
Italian pope from 1378 to 1389 whose contested election began the Great Schism; he alienated his political allies by his ruthless treatment of his opponents (1318-1389)
 
Bartolomeo Vanzetti
United States anarchist (born in Italy) who with Nicola Sacco was convicted of murder and in spite of world-wide protest was executed (1888-1927)
 
Bartolommeo Eustachio
Italian anatomist who was one of the fathers of modern anatomy; noted for descriptions of the ear and the heart (1520-1574)
 
Baruch
a disciple of and secretary for the prophet Jeremiah
 
bas bleu
a woman having literary or intellectual interests
 
base runner
a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
 
baseball coach
a coach of baseball players
 
basileus
a ruler of the eastern Roman Empire
 
basilisk
(classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance
 
Basket Maker
early Amerindians related to the Pueblo; known for skill in making baskets
 
basketball coach
a coach of basketball players
 
basketball player
an athlete who plays basketball
 
basketmaker
someone skilled in weaving baskets
 
Basotho
a member of a subgroup of people who inhabit Lesotho
 
Basque
a member of a people of unknown origin living in the western Pyrenees in France and Spain
 
bass
an adult male singer with the lowest voice
 
bassist
a musician who play the bass viol
 
bassoonist
a musician who plays the bassoon
 
Bast
cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun
 
bastard
the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
 
baster
a cook who bastes roasting meat with melted fat or gravy
 
baster
a sewer who fastens a garment with long loose stitches
 
bat boy
(baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
 
bather
a person who takes a bath
 
bather
a person who travels through the water by swimming
 
Bathsheba
(Old Testament) the wife of Uriah and later the wife of king David; Solomon was her son by David (circa 10th century BC)
 
batman
an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer
 
baton twirler
someone who twirls a baton
 
batsman
(baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
 
batting coach
(baseball) someone who teaches batters how to bat better
 
battle-ax
a sharp-tongued domineering wife
 
battler
someone who fights (or is fighting)
 
Bavarian
a native or an inhabitant of Bavaria
 
bawd
a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
 
bawler
a loud weeper
 
bawler
someone who communicates vocally in a very loud voice
 
Bay Stater
a native or resident of Massachusetts
 
beachcomber
a vagrant living on a beach
 
beadle
a minor parish official who serves a ceremonial function
 
beadsman
a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another
 
bean counter
an accountant or bureaucrat who is believed to place undue emphasis on the control of expenditures
 
bear
an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price
 
beard
a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)
 
bearer
a messenger who bears or presents
 
bearer
someone whose employment involves carrying something
 
bearer
the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it
 
bearer
one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
 
beast
a cruelly rapacious person
 
beat
a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
 
beater
a worker who rouses wild game from under cover for a hunter
 
Beatrice
the woman who guided Dante through Paradise in the Divine Comedy
 
Beatrice Lillie
British actress (born in Canada) (1898-1989)
 
beau
a man who is the lover of a man or woman
 
beau
a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
 
beautician
someone who works in a beauty parlor
 
beauty consultant
someone who gives you advice about your personal appearance
 
beauty
a very attractive or seductive looking woman
 
Bechuana
a member of a Bantu people living chiefly in Botswana and western South Africa
 
bed wetter
someone suffering from enuresis; someone who urinates while asleep in bed
 
bedfellow
a person with whom you share a bed
 
bedfellow
a temporary associate
 
bedlamite
an archaic term for a lunatic
 
Bedouin
a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs
 
Bedrich Smetana
Czech composer (1824-1884)
 
beef man
a man who raises (or tends) cattle
 
beefeater
officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch
 
beer maker
someone who brews beer or ale from malt and hops and water
 
begetter
a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
 
beggar
a pauper who lives by begging
 
beggarman
a man who is a beggar
 
beggarwoman
a woman who is a beggar
 
beginner
a person who founds or establishes some institution
 
beginner
someone new to a field or activity
 
beguiler
a person who charms others (usually by personal attractiveness)
 
beguiler
someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
 
Beguine
(Roman Catholic Church) a member of a lay sisterhood (one of several founded in the Netherlands in the 12th and 13th centuries); though not taking religious vows the sisters followed an austere life
 
begum
a Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan
 
behaviorist
a psychologist who subscribes to behaviorism
 
behemoth
someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
 
behemoth
a person of exceptional importance and reputation
 
beholder
a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
 
Bel
Babylonian god of the earth; one of the supreme triad including Anu and Ea; earlier identified with En-lil
 
bel esprit
a witty or clever person with a fine mind
 
Bela Bartok
Hungarian composer and pianist who collected Hungarian folk music; in 1940 he moved to the United States (1881-1945)
 
Bela Ferenc Blasko
United States film actor (born in Hungary) noted for portraying monsters (1884-1956)
 
beldam
a woman of advanced age
 
beldam
an ugly evil-looking old woman
 
Belgian
a native or inhabitant of Belgium
 
believer
a supporter who accepts something as true
 
believer
a person who has religious faith
 
Belisarius
Byzantine general under Justinian I; he recovered former Roman territories in northern Africa and fought against the Persians
 
bell captain
the supervisor of bellboys in a hotel
 
bell founder
a person who casts metal bells
 
bell ringer
someone who plays musical handbells
 
bell ringer
a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)
 
bellboy
someone employed as an errand boy and luggage carrier around hotels
 
belle
a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals
 
Belle Miriam Silverman
United States operatic soprano (born in 1929)
 
Bellerophon
(Greek mythology) a mythical hero of Corinth who performed miracles on the winged horse Pegasus (especially killing the monster Chimera)
 
bellwether
someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity
 
belly dancer
a woman who performs a solo belly dance
 
bellyacher
a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining
 
beloved
a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
 
Belshazzar
(Old Testament) Babylonian general and son of Nebuchadnezzar II; according to the Old Testament he was warned of his doom by divine handwriting on the wall that was interpreted by Daniel (6th century BC)
 
belt maker
a maker of belts
 
Ben Hecht
United States writer of stories and plays (1894-1946)
 
bench warmer
(sports) a substitute who seldom plays
 
Benedetto Caetani
pope who declared that Catholic princes are subject to the pope in temporal as well as in theological matters (1235-1303)
 
Benedetto Odescalchi
Italian pope from 1676 to 1689 whose papacy was marked by the struggle with Louis XIV of France over papal authority over French Catholics; known for saintliness and canonized in 1956 (1611-1689)
 
benedick
a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)
 
Benedict Arnold
United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
 
Benedict de Spinoza
Dutch philosopher who espoused a pantheistic system (1632-1677)
 
Benedictine
a monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict
 
benefactor
a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
 
benefactress
a woman benefactor
 
beneficiary
the recipient of funds or other benefits
 
Bengali
(Hinduism) a member of a people living in Bangladesh and West Bengal (mainly Hindus)
 
Beninese
a native or inhabitant of Benin
 
Benito Mussolini
Italian fascist dictator (1883-1945)
 
Benjamin
(Old Testament) the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel and one of the twelve forebears of the tribes of Israel
 
Benjamin David Goodman
United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
 
Benjamin Franklin
printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
 
Benjamin Franklin Norris Jr.
United States writer (1870-1902)
 
Benjamin Harris
publisher of the first newspaper printed in America (1673-1713)
 
Benjamin Henry Latrobe
United States architect (born in England) whose works include the chambers of the United States Congress and the Supreme Court; considered the first professional architect in the United States (1764-1820)
 
Benjamin Jonson
English dramatist and poet who was the first real poet laureate of England (1572-1637)
 
Benjamin Jowett
English classical scholar noted for his translations of Plato and Aristotle (1817-1893)
 
Benjamin Kubelsky
United States comedian known for his timeing and delivery and self-effacing humor (1894-1974)
 
Benjamin Peirce
United States mathematician and astronomer remembered for his studies of Uranus and Saturn and Neptune (1809-1880)
 
Benjamin Ricketson Tucker
United States anarchist influential before World War I (1854-1939)
 
Benjamin Rush
physician and American Revolutionary leader; signer of the Declaration of Independence (1745-1813)
 
Benjamin Shahn
United States artist whose work reflected social and political themes (1898-1969)
 
Benjamin Spock
United States pediatrician whose many books on child care influenced the upbringing of children around the world (1903-1998)
 
Benjamin Thompson
English physicist (born in America) who studied heat and friction; experiments convinced him that heat is caused by moving particles (1753-1814)
 
Benjamin West
English painter (born in America) who became the second president of the Royal Academy (1738-1820)
 
Benoit Mandelbrot
French mathematician (born in Poland) noted for inventing fractals (born in 1924)
 
Benvenuto Cellini
Italian sculptor (1500-1571)
 
Beowulf
the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon
 
Berber
a member of an indigenous people of northern Africa
 
bereaved
a person who has suffered the death of someone they loved
 
berk
a stupid person who is easy to take advantage of
 
Berliner
an inhabitant of Berlin
 
Bermudian
a native or inhabitant of Bermuda
 
Berna Eli Oldfield
United States race driver who was the first to drive faster than a mile a minute (1878-1946)
 
Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
English philosopher credited with reviving the field of moral philosophy (1929-2003)
 
Bernard Hinault
French racing cyclist who won the Tour de France five times (born in 1954)
 
Bernard Malamud
United States writer (1914-1986)
 
Bernard Mannes Baruch
economic advisor to United States Presidents (1870-1965)
 
Bernardo Bertolucci
Italian filmmaker (born in 1940)
 
Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist
German dramatist whose works concern people torn between reason and emotion (1777-1811)
 
berserk
one of the ancient Norse warriors legendary for working themselves into a frenzy before a battle and fighting with reckless savagery and insane fury
 
Bertolt Brecht
German dramatist and poet who developed a style of epic theater (1898-1956)
 
Bertram Brockhouse
Canadian physicist who bounced neutron beams off of atomic nuclei to study the structure of matter (1918-2003)
 
Bertrand Arthur William Russell
English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Whitehead (1872-1970)
 
besieger
an enemy who lays siege to your position
 
besieger
an energetic petitioner
 
Bessie Smith
United States blues singer (1894-1937)
 
best friend
the one friend who is closest to you
 
best man
the principal groomsman at a wedding
 
best
the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
 
bestower
person who makes a gift of property
 
betrayer
one who reveals confidential information in return for money
 
betrayer
a person who says one thing and does another
 
betrothed
the person to whom you are engaged
 
Betsy Griscom Ross
American seamstress said to have made the first American flag at the request of George Washington (1752-1836)
 
Bette Davis
United States film actress (1908-1989)
 
better
a superior person having claim to precedence
 
better half
a person's partner in marriage
 
better
someone who bets
 
Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan
United States feminist who founded a national organization for women (born in 1921)
 
bey
the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire
 
bey
(formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egypt
 
Bhaga
Hindu god of wealth and love
 
Bhumi Devi
Hindu earth goddess; one of the two wives of Vishnu
 
Bhutanese
a native or inhabitant of Bhutan
 
bibliographer
someone trained in compiling bibliographies
 
bibliophile
someone who loves (and usually collects) books
 
bibliopole
a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)
 
bibliothec
a professional person trained in library science and engaged in library services
 
bibliotist
someone who engages in bibliotics
 
bicycler
a person who rides a bicycle
 
bidder
someone who makes an offer
 
bidder
someone who makes a bid at cards
 
big brother
an older brother
 
Big Brother
a totalitarian leader and invader of privacy
 
big cheese
an important influential person
 
big leaguer
a member of a major-league baseball team
 
big sister
an older sister
 
big spender
one who spends lavishly and ostentatiously on entertainment
 
bigamist
someone who marries one person while already legally married to another
 
bigot
a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
 
bigwig
the most important person in a group or undertaking
 
bilingual
a person who speaks two languages fluently
 
bill poster
someone who pastes up bills or placards on walls or billboards
 
billiard player
someone who plays billiards
 
Billie Jean Moffitt King
United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)
 
billionaire
a very rich person whose material wealth is valued at more than a billion dollars
 
Biloxi
a member of the Siouan people of southeastern Mississippi
 
bimbo
a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men
 
bimetallist
an advocate of bimetallism
 
binger
someone addicted to crack cocaine
 
biochemist
someone with special training in biochemistry
 
biographer
someone who writes an account of a person's life
 
biologist
(biology) a scientist who studies living organisms
 
bionic man
a human being whose body has been taken over in whole or in part by electromechanical devices
 
biophysicist
a physicist who applies the methods of physics to biology
 
bird fancier
a person with a strong interest in birds
 
bird of passage
someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
 
bird watcher
a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats
 
bird watcher
a zoologist who studies birds
 
bird
informal terms for a (young) woman
 
birth
a baby born; an offspring
 
birth-control campaigner
a social reformer who advocates birth control and family planning
 
birthing coach
an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes
 
bisexual
a person who is sexually attracted to both sexes
 
bishop
a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
 
Bishop Berkeley
Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
 
Bishop Ulfilas
a Christian believed to be of Cappadocian descent who became bishop of the Visigoths in 341 and translated the Bible from Greek into Gothic; traditionally held to have invented the Gothic alphabet (311-382)
 
bitch
a person (usually but not necessarily a woman) who is thoroughly disliked
 
biter
someone who bites
 
blabbermouth
someone who gossips indiscreetly
 
Black African
an African who is Black
 
Black and Tan
an English recruit (who wore a uniform that was black and tan) serving in the Irish constabulary to suppress the Sinn Fein rebellion of 1919 to 1921
 
black belt
a person who attained the rank of expert in the martial arts (judo or karate)
 
Black Friar
a Roman Catholic friar wearing the black mantle of the Dominican order
 
black marketeer
someone who engages illegally in trade in scarce or controlled commodities
 
Black Muslim
an activist member of a largely American group of Blacks called the Nation of Islam
 
Black Panther
a member of the Black Panthers political party
 
Black Prince
son of Edward III who defeated the French at Crecy and Poitiers in the Hundred Years' War (1330-1376)
 
black sheep
a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
 
Blackfoot
a member of a warlike group of Algonquians living in the northwestern plains
 
blackguard
someone who is morally reprehensible
 
blackleg
someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
 
blackmailer
a criminal who extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them
 
Blackshirt
a member of the Italian fascist party before World War II
 
blacksmith
a smith who forges and shapes iron with a hammer and anvil
 
blade
a dashing young man
 
Blaise Pascal
French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
 
blasphemer
a person who speaks disrespectfully of sacred things
 
blaster
a workman employed to blast with explosives
 
bleacher
a worker who bleaches (cloth or flour etc.)
 
bleeder
someone who has hemophilia and is subject to uncontrollable bleeding
 
bleeding heart
someone who is excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be exploited or underprivileged
 
Blessed Trinity
the union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost in one Godhead
 
Blessed Virgin
the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics
 
blighter
a boy or man
 
blighter
a persistently annoying person
 
blind date
a participant in a blind date (someone you meet for the first time when you have a date with them)
 
blind person
a person with a severe visual impairment
 
blocker
a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play
 
blockhead
a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
 
blogger
a person who keeps and updates a blog
 
blond
a person with fair skin and hair
 
blood brother
a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother
 
blood brother
a male with the same parents as someone else
 
blood donor
someone who gives blood to be used for transfusions
 
blood relation
one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another
 
blood
a dissolute man in fashionable society
 
Bloody Mary
daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon who was Queen of England from 1553 to 1558; she was the wife of Philip II of Spain and when she restored Roman Catholicism to England many Protestants were burned at the stake as heretics (1516-1558)
 
blowhard
a very boastful and talkative person
 
blubberer
someone who sniffles and weeps with loud sobs
 
bludgeoner
an assailant who uses a bludgeon
 
blue baby
an infant born with a bluish color; usually has a defective heart
 
Bluebeard
(fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience
 
bluecoat
a person dressed all in blue (as a soldier or sailor)
 
Bluegrass Stater
a native or resident of Kentucky
 
bluejacket
a serviceman in the navy
 
bluffer
a person who tries to bluff other people
 
blunderer
someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
 
blusterer
a person who causes trouble by speaking indiscreetly
 
Boann
Celtic goddess; mother of Angus Og
 
board member
a member of a governing board
 
boarder
a pupil who lives at school during term time
 
boarder
someone who forces their way aboard ship
 
boarder
a tenant in someone's house
 
boatbuilder
a person who builds boats
 
boater
someone who drives or rides in a boat
 
boatswain
a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
 
Bob Dylan
United States songwriter noted for his protest songs (born in 1941)
 
bobby
an informal term for a British policeman
 
bobby-socker
an adolescent girl wearing bobby socks (common in the 1940s)
 
Bodhisattva
Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others
 
body servant
a valet or personal maid
 
body snatcher
someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissection
 
bodybuilder
someone who does special exercises to develop a brawny musculature
 
bodyguard
someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
 
boffin
(British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research
 
bogey
an evil spirit
 
bogeyman
an imaginary monster used to frighten children
 
bohemian
a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
 
Bohemian
a native or inhabitant of Bohemia in the Czech Republic
 
Bohemian
a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)
 
Bolivian
a native or inhabitant of Bolivia
 
Bolshevik
emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries
 
Bolshevist
a Russian member of the left-wing majority group that followed Lenin and eventually became the Russian communist party
 
bombardier
the member of a bomber crew responsible for using the bombsight and releasing the bombs on the target
 
bombardier
a noncommissioned officer in the British artillery
 
bomber
a person who plants bombs
 
bombshell
an entertainer who has a sensational effect
 
bon vivant
a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
 
bond servant
someone bound to labor without wages
 
bondholder
a holder of bonds issued by a government or corporation
 
bondmaid
a female slave
 
bondmaid
a female bound to serve without wages
 
bondman
a male slave
 
bondman
a male bound to serve without wages
 
bondsman
someone who signs a bond as surety for someone else
 
bonesetter
someone (not necessarily a licensed physician) who sets broken bones
 
boniface
the owner or manager of an inn
 
boob
an ignorant or foolish person
 
book agent
a book salesman
 
book seller
a dealer in books; a merchant who sells books
 
bookbinder
a worker whose trade is binding books
 
Booker Taliaferro Washington
United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama (1856-1915)
 
booker
someone who engages a person or company for performances
 
bookie
a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races)
 
booking clerk
someone who sells tickets (e.g., theater seats or travel accommodations)
 
bookkeeper
someone who records the transactions of a business
 
bookmaker
a maker of books; someone who edits or publishes or binds books
 
bookman
a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
 
bookseller
the proprietor of a bookstore
 
bookworm
someone who spends a great deal of time reading
 
bookworm
a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
 
booster
a thief who steals goods that are in a store
 
booster
someone who is an active supporter and advocate
 
boot maker
a maker of boots
 
bootblack
a person who polishes shoes and boots
 
bootlegger
someone who makes or sells illegal liquor
 
border patrolman
someone who patrols the borders of a country
 
borderer
an inhabitant of a border area (especially the border between Scotland and England)
 
bore
a person who evokes boredom
 
Boreas
(Greek mythology) the god who personified the north wind
 
Boris Fyodorovich Godunov
czar of Russia (1551-1605)
 
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak
Russian writer whose best known novel was banned by Soviet authorities but translated and published abroad (1890-1960)
 
Boris Vasilevich Spassky
Russian chess master who moved to Paris; world champion from 1969 to 1972 (born in 1937)
 
born-again Christian
a Christian who has experienced a dramatic conversion to faith in Jesus
 
Bornean
a native or inhabitant of Borneo
 
borrower
someone who receives something on the promise to return it or its equivalent
 
boss
a person who exercises control and makes decisions
 
boss
a person who exercises control over workers
 
boss
a person responsible for hiring workers
 
boss
a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments
 
Bostonian
a native or resident of Boston
 
Boswell
a devoted admirer and recorder of another's words and deeds
 
botanist
a biologist specializing in the study of plants
 
bottom dog
a person of low status
 
bottom feeder
an opportunist who profits from the misfortunes of others
 
boulevardier
a visitor of a city boulevard (especially in Paris)
 
bouncer
a person whose duty is to throw troublemakers out of a bar or public meeting
 
bounder
someone who bounds or leaps (as in competition)
 
bounty hunter
a hunter who kills predatory wild animals in order to collect a bounty
 
bounty hunter
someone who pursues fugitives or criminals for whom a reward is offered
 
Bourbon
a member of the European royal family that ruled France
 
Bourbon
a reactionary politician in the United States (usually from the South)
 
bourgeois
a member of the middle class
 
bourgeois
a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
 
bowdleriser
a person who edits a text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages
 
bowler
a player who rolls balls down an alley at pins
 
bowler
a cricketer who delivers the ball to the batsman in cricket
 
Boxer
a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China
 
boxer
someone who fights with his fists for sport
 
boy
a friendly informal reference to a grown man
 
Boy Orator of the Platte
United States lawyer and politician who advocated free silver and prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925)
 
Boy Scout
a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
 
boy scout
a man who is considered naive
 
boy wonder
an extremely talented young male person
 
boy
a youthful male person
 
boy
a male human offspring
 
bozo
an informal term for a youth or man
 
bozo
a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
 
bracero
a Mexican laborer who worked in the United States on farms and railroads in order to ease labor shortages during World War II
 
brachycephalic
an adult with a short broad head
 
Bragi
(Norse mythology) god of poetry and music; son of Odin
 
Brahma
the Creator; one of the three major deities in the later Hindu pantheon
 
brahman
a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas
 
brahman
a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family)
 
Brahui
a member of a Dravidian people living in Pakistan
 
brain doctor
a medical specialist in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it
 
brain surgeon
someone who does surgery on the nervous system (especially the brain)
 
brainworker
someone whose profession involves using his head to solve problems
 
brakeman
a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes
 
brass hat
a high-ranking military officer
 
brat
a very troublesome child
 
brave
a North American Indian warrior
 
brawler
a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls)
 
Braxton Bragg
Confederate general during the American Civil War who was defeated by Grant in the battle of Chattanooga (1817-1876)
 
Brazilian
a native or inhabitant of Brazil
 
breadwinner
one whose earnings are the primary source of support for their dependents
 
breaker
a quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone
 
breaststroker
someone who swims the breaststroke
 
breeder
a person who breeds animals
 
Brer Rabbit
the fictional character of a rabbit who appeared in tales supposedly told by Uncle Remus and first published in 1880
 
Bret Harte
United States writer noted for his stories about life during the California gold rush (1836-1902)
 
Breton
a native or inhabitant of Brittany (especially one who speaks the Breton language)
 
brewer
the owner or manager of a brewery
 
briber
someone who pays (or otherwise incites) you to commit a wrongful act
 
brick
a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy
 
bricklayer
a craftsman skilled in building with bricks
 
bride
a woman who has recently been married
 
bride
a woman participant in her own marriage ceremony
 
bride-to-be
a woman who is engaged to be married
 
bridegroom
a man who has recently been married
 
bridegroom
a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
 
bridesmaid
an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding
 
bridge agent
an operative who acts as a courier or go-between from a case officer to a secret agent in a hostile area
 
bridge partner
one of a pair of bridge players who are on the same side of the game
 
bridge player
a card player in a game of bridge
 
brigadier
a general officer ranking below a major general
 
Brigham Young
United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)
 
Brigit
Celtic goddess of fire and fertility and agriculture and household arts and wisdom; later associated with Saint Bridget
 
Brihaspati
personification of the power of ritual devotion
 
British people
the people of Great Britain
 
Britisher
a native or inhabitant of Great Britain
 
Briton
an inhabitant of southern Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon invasions
 
broad
slang term for a woman
 
broadcast journalist
a journalist who broadcasts on radio or television
 
broadcaster
someone who broadcasts on radio or television
 
broker-dealer
a financial specialist who trades for his own account and so acts both as a broker and principal
 
bronco buster
a person who breaks horses
 
Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski
British anthropologist (born in Poland) who introduced the technique of the participant observer (1884-1942)
 
broth of a boy
an outstanding person; as if produced by boiling down a savory broth
 
brothel keeper
a woman who runs a house of prostitution
 
Brother
(Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address
 
brother
a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group)
 
brother
a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
 
brother
used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement
 
brother-in-law
a brother by marriage
 
Brownie
a junior Girl Scout
 
brownie
(folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
 
Brownshirt
a member of the Nazi SA which wore brown uniforms
 
browser
a viewer who looks around casually without seeking anything in particular
 
Brule
a member of a group of Siouan people who constituted a division of the Teton Sioux
 
Brummie
a native or resident of Birmingham, England
 
Bruneian
a native or inhabitant of Brunei
 
brunet
a person with dark (brown) hair
 
Brunnhilde
a Valkyrie or a queen in the Nibelungenlied who loved the hero Siegfried; when he deceived her she had him killed and then committed suicide
 
Bruno of Toul
German pope from 1049 to 1054 whose papacy was the beginning of papal reforms in the 11th century (1002-1054)
 
Bruno Walter
German conductor (1876-1962)
 
Bryan Donkin
English engineer who developed a method of preserving food by sterilizing it with heat and sealing it inside a steel container--the first tin can (1768-1855)
 
buccaneer
someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
 
buck private
an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines
 
buck sergeant
a sergeant of the lowest rank in the military
 
buckaroo
local names for a cowboy (`vaquero' is used especially in southwestern and central Texas and `buckaroo' is used especially in California)
 
Buckeye
a native or resident of Ohio
 
bucolic
a country person
 
Buddha
one who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment
 
Buddhist
one who follows the teachings of Buddha
 
buff
an ardent follower and admirer
 
Buffalo Indian
a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
 
buffoon
a rude or vulgar fool
 
buffoon
a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
 
bug-hunter
a zoologist who studies insects
 
bugger
someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)
 
bugler
someone who plays a bugle
 
builder
a person who creates a business or who organizes and develops a country
 
builder
someone who contracts for and supervises construction (as of a building)
 
Bulgarian
a native or inhabitant of Bulgaria
 
bulimic
a person suffering from bulimia
 
bull
an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later
 
bull
uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
 
bullfighter
someone who fights bulls
 
bully
a hired thug
 
bully
a cruel and brutal fellow
 
bullyboy
a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction
 
bum
a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
 
bum
person who does no work
 
bum
a vagrant
 
bumpkin
a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
 
bunkmate
someone who occupies the same sleeping quarters as yourself
 
bunny
a young waitress in a nightclub whose costume includes the tail and ears of a rabbit
 
bunter
a batter who bunts
 
burgess
a citizen of an English borough
 
burglar
a thief who enters a building with intent to steal
 
burgomaster
a mayor of a municipality in Germany or Holland or Flanders or Austria
 
burgrave
the military governor of a German town in the 12th and 13th centuries
 
burgrave
a nobleman ruling a German castle and surrounding grounds by hereditary right
 
Burmese
a native or inhabitant of Myanmar
 
Burrhus Frederic Skinner
United States psychologist and a leading proponent of behaviorism (1904-1990)
 
Burrill Bernard Crohn
United States physician who specialized in diseases of the intestines; he was the first to describe regional ileitis which is now known as Crohn's disease (1884-1983)
 
bursar
the treasurer at a college or university
 
Burundian
a native or inhabitant of Burundi
 
bus driver
someone who drives a bus
 
busboy
a restaurant attendant who sets tables and assists waiters and clears away dirty dishes
 
bush leaguer
a player on a minor-league baseball team
 
bushman
a dweller in the Australian bush country
 
bushwhacker
a Confederate guerrilla during the American Civil War
 
bushwhacker
a disparaging term for an unsophisticated person
 
business agent
an agent who handles business affairs for another; especially one who deals with employers
 
business editor
the newspaper editor responsible for business news
 
business executive
an executive in a business corporation
 
business traveler
a traveler whose expenses are paid by the business he works for
 
businessman
a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
 
businesswoman
a female businessperson
 
busker
a person who entertains people for money in public places (as by singing or dancing), usually while asking for money
 
buster
a person (or thing) that breaks up or overpowers something
 
buster
a robust child
 
buster
an informal form of address for a man
 
busy bee
an alert and energetic person
 
busybody
a person who meddles in the affairs of others
 
butch
(slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
 
butcher
a brutal indiscriminate murderer
 
Butcher Cumberland
English general; son of George II; fought unsuccessfully in the battle of Fontenoy (1721-1765)
 
butcher
a retailer of meat
 
butcher
a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
 
butler
a manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table
 
butt
a victim of ridicule or pranks
 
butter
a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head
 
butterball
a rotund individual
 
butterfingers
someone who drops things (especially one who cannot catch a ball)
 
butterfly collector
an entomologist who specializes in the collection and study of butterflies and moths
 
buttinsky
a meddler who tends to butt in
 
buyer
a person who buys
 
bystander
a nonparticipant spectator
 
Byzantine
a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire
 
cabalist
a member of a cabal
 
cabalist
an expert who is highly skilled in obscure or difficult or esoteric matters
 
cabby
someone who drives a taxi for a living
 
cabin boy
a young man acting as a servant on a ship
 
cabinet minister
a person who is a member of the cabinet
 
cabinetmaker
a woodworker who specializes in making furniture
 
cacodaemon
an evil spirit
 
caddie
an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player
 
Caddo
a group of Plains Indians formerly living in what is now North and South Dakota and Nebraska and Kansas and Arkansas and Louisiana and Oklahoma and Texas
 
cadet
a military trainee (as at a military academy)
 
cadger
someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
 
Cadmus
(Greek mythology) the brother of Europa and traditional founder of Thebes in Boeotia
 
caffein addict
someone addicted to caffeine
 
caffer
an offensive and insulting term for any Black African
 
Cahita
a member of the Taracahitian people of central Mexico
 
Cain
(Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and was exiled by God
 
Cairene
a native or inhabitant of Cairo
 
caitiff
a cowardly and despicable person
 
Cajun
a Louisianian descended from Acadian immigrants from Nova Scotia (`Cajun' comes from `Acadian')
 
Cakchiquel
a member of the Mayan people living in south central Guatemala
 
Calapooya
a member of the North American Indian people of Oregon
 
calculator
an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
 
calif
the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth
 
Californian
a native or resident of California
 
call girl
a female prostitute who can be hired by telephone
 
caller
the person who convenes a meeting
 
caller
someone who proclaims or summons in a loud voice
 
caller
the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
 
caller
an investor who buys a call option
 
caller
a person who announces the changes of steps during a dance
 
caller
the person initiating a telephone call
 
caller
a social or business visitor
 
calligrapher
someone skilled in penmanship
 
Calliope
(Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry
 
Calvert Vaux
United States landscape architect (born in England) who designed Central Park (1824-1895)
 
Calvin Richard Klein
United States fashion designer noted for understated fashions (born in 1942)
 
Calvinist
an adherent of the theological doctrines of John Calvin
 
Calypso
(Greek mythology) the sea nymph who detained Odysseus for seven years
 
Cambrian
a native or resident of Wales
 
camera operator
a photographer who operates a movie camera
 
Cameroonian
a native or inhabitant of Cameroon
 
Camillo Golgi
Italian histologist noted for work on the structure of the nervous system and for his discovery of Golgi bodies (1844-1926)
 
camp follower
a follower who is not a member of an ingroup
 
camp follower
a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
 
campaigner
a politician who is running for public office
 
camper
someone living temporarily in a tent or lodge for recreation
 
Campfire Girl
a girl who is a member of Campfire Girls; for girls age 7-18
 
campmate
someone who lives in the same camp you do
 
Canaanite
a member of an ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before it was conquered by the Israelites
 
Canadian
a native or inhabitant of Canada
 
canary
a female singer
 
canary
someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
 
Cancer
(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
 
candidate
someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
 
candlemaker
a person who makes or sells candles
 
candy striper
a volunteer worker in a hospital
 
candymaker
someone who makes candies and other sweets
 
cannon fodder
soldiers who are regarded as expendable in the face of artillery fire
 
canoeist
someone paddling a canoe
 
canon
a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
 
canonist
a specialist in canon law
 
Cantabrigian
a resident of Cambridge
 
cantor
the musical director of a choir
 
cantor
the official of a synagogue who conducts the liturgical part of the service and sings or chants the prayers intended to be performed as solos
 
Canuck
informal term for Canadians in general and French Canadians in particular
 
Canute the Great
king of Denmark and Norway who forced Edmund II to divide England with him; on the death of Edmund II, Canute became king of all England (994-1035)
 
canvasser
a person who takes or counts votes
 
canvasser
someone who conducts surveys of public opinion
 
canvasser
someone who examines votes at an election
 
canvasser
a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
 
Capetian
a member of the Capetian dynasty
 
capitalist
a conservative advocate of capitalism
 
capitalist
a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)
 
capo
the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate
 
Capricorn
(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn
 
captain
an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
 
Captain Bligh
British admiral; was captain of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789 when part of the crew mutinied and set him afloat in an open boat; a few weeks later he arrived safely in Timor 4,000 miles away (1754-1817)
 
Captain Horatio Hornblower
a fictional English admiral during the Napoleonic Wars in novels written by C. S. Forester
 
Captain James Cook
English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
 
Captain John Smith
English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631)
 
Captain Kidd
Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
 
captain
the leader of a group of people
 
captain
a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
 
captain
an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
 
captain
a policeman in charge of a precinct
 
captain
the pilot in charge of an airship
 
captain
the naval officer in command of a military ship
 
captive
an animal that is confined
 
captive
a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
 
captive
a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
 
captor
a person who captures and holds people or animals
 
carabineer
a soldier (historically a mounted soldier) who is armed with a carbine
 
card player
someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games
 
card shark
a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
 
card
a witty amusing person who makes jokes
 
cardholder
a player who holds a card or cards in a card game
 
cardholder
a person who holds a credit card or debit card
 
cardinal
(Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
 
cardiologist
a specialist in cardiology; a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
 
career girl
a woman who is a careerist
 
career man
a man who is a careerist
 
careerist
a professional who is intent on furthering his or her career by any possible means and often at the expense of their own integrity
 
caregiver
a person who is responsible for attending to the needs of a child or dependent adult
 
caretaker
a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
 
caretaker
an official who performs the duties of an office temporarily
 
carhop
a waiter at a drive-in restaurant
 
Carib Indian
a member of an American Indian peoples of northeastern South America and the Lesser Antilles
 
caricaturist
someone who parodies in an exaggerated manner
 
carillonneur
a musician who plays a carillon
 
Carioca
a native or inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro
 
Carl August Nielsen
Danish composer (1865-1931)
 
Carl Clinton Van Doren
United States writer and literary critic (1885-1950)
 
Carl David Anderson
United States physicist who discovered antimatter in the form of an antielectron that is called the positron (1905-1991)
 
Carl Gustaf Mossander
Swedish chemist who discovered rare earth elements (1797-1858)
 
Carl Gustav Jung
Swiss psychologist (1875-1961)
 
Carl Orff
German musician who developed a widely used system for teaching music to children (1895-1982)
 
Carl Rogers
United States psychologist who developed client-centered therapy (1902-1987)
 
Carl Sandburg
United States writer remembered for his poetry in free verse and his six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (1878-1967)
 
Carl XVI Gustav
king of Sweden since 1973 (born 1946)
 
Carl Yastrzemski
United States baseball player (born in 1939)
 
Carlo Goldoni
prolific Italian dramatist (1707-1793)
 
Carlos Chavez
Mexican composer of nationalistic works using themes from Indian folk music (1899-1978)
 
Carlos Fuentes
Mexican novelist (born in 1928)
 
Carlovingian
a member of the Carolingian dynasty
 
caroler
a singer of carols
 
Carolinian
a native or resident of the Carolinas
 
Carolus Linnaeus
Swedish botanist who proposed the modern system of biological nomenclature (1707-1778)
 
carouser
someone who enjoys riotous drinking
 
carpenter
a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects
 
carper
someone who constantly criticizes in a petty way
 
carpet knight
a knight who spends his time in luxury and idleness (knighted on the carpet at court rather than on the field of battle)
 
carpetbagger
an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously
 
carrier
(medicine) a person (or animal) who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others
 
carrier
a man who delivers the mail
 
carrier
a boy who delivers newspapers
 
carrottop
someone who has red hair
 
Carry Amelia Moore Nation
United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)
 
Carson Smith McCullers
United States novelist (1917-1967)
 
carter
someone whose work is driving carts
 
Cartesian
a follower of Cartesian thought
 
Carthaginian
a native or inhabitant of ancient Carthage
 
Carthusian
a member of the Carthusian order
 
cartographer
a person who makes maps
 
cartoonist
a person who draws cartoons
 
cartwright
a workman who makes and repairs carts and wagons
 
carver
someone who carves the meat
 
carver
an artist who creates sculptures
 
carver
makes decorative wooden panels
 
Cary Grant
United States actor (born in England) who was the elegant leading man in many films (1904-1986)
 
Casanova
any man noted for his amorous adventures
 
case
a person requiring professional services
 
case officer
an operative who also serves as an official staffer of an intelligence service
 
case
a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
 
case
a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
 
caseworker
someone employed to provide social services (especially to the disadvantaged)
 
cashier
a person responsible for receiving payments for goods and services (as in a shop or restaurant)
 
Casimir Funk
United States biochemist (born in Poland) who showed that several diseases were caused by dietary deficiencies and who coined the term `vitamin' for the chemicals involved (1884-1967)
 
Caspar Bartholin
Danish physician who discovered Bartholin's gland (1585-1629)
 
Cass Gilbert
United States architect who influenced the development of the skyscraper (1859-1934)
 
Cassandra
(Greek mythology) a prophetess in Troy during the Trojan War whose predictions were true but were never believed
 
Cassiopeia
(Greek mythology) the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda
 
Cassius Marcellus Clay
United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
 
castaway
a shipwrecked person
 
caster
a worker who casts molten metal into finished products
 
Castillian
a native or inhabitant of Castile
 
castrate
a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction
 
castrato
a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice
 
casualty
someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
 
casualty
someone injured or killed in an accident
 
casuist
someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious
 
cat
a spiteful woman gossip
 
cat burglar
a burglar who unlawfully breaks into and enters another person's house
 
cat fancier
a person who breeds and cares for cats
 
cat's-paw
a person used by another to gain an end
 
Catalan
a native or inhabitant of Catalonia
 
cataleptic
a person suffering from catalepsy
 
cataloger
a librarian who classifies publications according to a categorial system
 
catalyst
something that causes an important event to happen
 
catamite
a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man
 
Catawba
a member of the Siouan people formerly living in the Carolinas
 
catch
a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
 
catechist
one who instructs catechumens in preparation for baptism (especially one using a catechism)
 
catechumen
a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
 
caterer
someone who provides food and service (as for a party)
 
Catherine de Medicis
queen of France as the wife of Henry II and regent during the minority of her son Charles IX (1519-1589)
 
Catherine Howard
Queen of England as the fifth wife of Henry VIII who was accused of adultery and executed (1520-1542)
 
Catherine I
empress of Russia who succeeded her husband Peter the Great (1684-1727)
 
Catherine of Aragon
first wife of Henry VIII; Henry VIII's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536)
 
Catherine Parr
Queen of England as the 6th wife of Henry VIII (1512-1548)
 
Catherine the Great
empress of Russia who greatly increased the territory of the empire (1729-1796)
 
Catholic
a member of a Catholic church
 
Catholicos
the ecclesiastical title of the leaders of the Nestorian and Armenian churches
 
cattle thief
someone who steals livestock (especially cattle)
 
cattleman
a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
 
cavalier
a gallant or courtly gentleman
 
cavalryman
a soldier mounted on horseback
 
cavalryman
a soldier in a motorized army unit
 
cave dweller
someone who lives in a cave
 
caviler
a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
 
Cayuga
a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living around Cayuga Lake in New York State
 
Cebuan
inhabitant of the island of Cebu; a member of the Visayan people of the Philippines
 
Cecil Blount DeMille
United States film maker remembered for his extravagant and spectacular epic productions (1881-1959)
 
Cecil Frank Powell
English physicist who discovered the pion (the first known meson) which is a subatomic particle involved in holding the nucleus together (1903-1969)
 
Cecil John Rhodes
British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa; made a fortune in gold and diamond mining; helped colonize the territory now known as Zimbabwe; he endowed annual fellowships for British Commonwealth and United States students to study at Oxford University (1853-1902)
 
Cecil Scott Forester
English writer of adventure novels featuring Captain Horatio Hornblower (1899-1966)
 
celebrant
an officiating priest celebrating the Eucharist
 
celebrant
a person who is celebrating
 
celebrity
a widely known person
 
celibate
an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
 
cellist
someone who plays a violoncello
 
Celtic deity
a deity worshipped by the Celts
 
cenobite
a member of a religious order living in common
 
censor
a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
 
censor
someone who censures or condemns
 
census taker
someone who collects census data by visiting individual homes
 
centaur
(classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse
 
centenarian
someone who is at least 100 years old
 
center
(basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
 
center
(ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
 
center fielder
the person who plays center field
 
center
(football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback
 
Central American
a native or inhabitant of Central America
 
centrist
a person who takes a position in the political center
 
centurion
(ancient Rome) the leader of 100 soldiers
 
CEO
the corporate executive responsible for the operations of the firm; reports to a board of directors; may appoint other managers (including a president)
 
Cepheus
(Greek mythology) king of Ethiopia and husband of Cassiopeia
 
ceramicist
a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln
 
Cerberus
(Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon
 
Ceres
(Roman mythology) goddess of agriculture; counterpart of Greek Demeter
 
Cesar Estrada Chavez
United States labor leader who organized farm workers (born 1927)
 
Cesar Franck
French composer and teacher who influenced a generation of composers (1822-1890)
 
Cesar Ritz
Swiss hotelier who created a chain of elegant hotels (1850-1918)
 
Cesare Borgia
Italian cardinal and military leader; model for Machiavelli's prince (1475-1507)
 
CFO
the corporate executive having financial authority to make appropriations and authorize expenditures for a firm
 
Ch'in Shih Huang Ti
the first Qin emperor who unified China, built much of the Great Wall, standardized weights and measures, and created a common currency and legal system (died 210 BC)
 
chachka
(Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
 
Chadian
a native or inhabitant of Chad
 
Chaim Azriel Weizmann
Israeli statesman who persuaded the United States to recognize the new state of Israel and became its first president (1874-1952)
 
Chaim Soutine
French expressionist painter (born in Lithuania) (1893-1943)
 
chain-smoker
a heavy smoker (usually of cigarettes) who lights one off of another
 
chair
the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization
 
chairman of the board
the chairman of the board of directors of a corporation
 
Chaldaean
a wise man skilled in occult learning
 
Chaldaean
an inhabitant of ancient Chaldea
 
challenger
the contestant you hope to defeat
 
chamberlain
an officer who manages the household of a king or nobleman
 
chamberlain
the treasurer of a municipal corporation
 
chambermaid
a maid who is employed to clean and care for bedrooms (now primarily in hotels)
 
chameleon
a changeable or inconstant person
 
champ
someone who has won first place in a competition
 
champion
someone who fights for a cause
 
chancellor
the honorary or titular head of a university
 
Chancellor of the Exchequer
the British cabinet minister responsible for finance
 
chancellor
the person who is head of government (in several countries)
 
Chandi
malevolent aspect of Devi
 
chandler
a maker (and seller) of candles and soap and oils and paints
 
chandler
a retail dealer in provisions and supplies
 
Chang Kuo-lao
one of the 8 immortals of Taoism
 
changeling
a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
 
changeling
a person of subnormal intelligence
 
changer
a person who changes something
 
Chaos
(Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
 
chaperon
one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people
 
chaplain
a clergyman ministering to some institution
 
chapman
archaic term for an itinerant peddler
 
char
a human female employed to do housework
 
character actor
an actor who specializes in playing supporting roles
 
character witness
a witness who testifies under oath as to the good reputation of another person in the community where that person lives
 
character
an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
 
charcoal burner
a worker whose job is to make charcoal
 
charge
a person committed to your care
 
charge d'affaires
the official temporarily in charge of a diplomatic mission in the absence of the ambassador
 
charge of quarters
an enlisted man who handles his unit's administrative matters after hours
 
charioteer
the driver of a chariot
 
charity case
a case for a welfare worker
 
charlatan
a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
 
Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle
French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)
 
Charles Augustin de Coulomb
French physicist famous for his discoveries in the field of electricity and magnetism; formulated Coulomb's Law (1736-1806)
 
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
United States aviator who in 1927 made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean (1902-1974)
 
Charles Bullfinch
United States architect who designed the Capitol Building in Washington which served as a model for state capitols throughout the United States (1763-1844)
 
Charles Camille Saint-Saens
French pianist and composer (1835-1921)
 
Charles Christopher Parker
United States saxophonist and leader of the bop style of jazz (1920-1955)
 
Charles Dana Gibson
United States illustrator remembered for his creation of the `Gibson girl' (1867-1944)
 
Charles Digby Harrod
English merchant who expanded his father's shop in London into a prestigious department store (1841-1905)
 
Charles Dillon Stengel
United States baseball manager (1890-1975)
 
Charles Dudley Warner
United States filmmaker who with his brothers founded the movie studio that produced the first talking picture (1881-1958)
 
Charles Eames
United States designer noted for an innovative series of chairs (1907-1978)
 
Charles Edouard Jeanneret
French architect (born in Switzerland) (1887-1965)
 
Charles Edward Berry
United States rock singer (born in 1931)
 
Charles Edward Ives
United States composer noted for his innovative use of polytonality (1874-1954)
 
Charles Evans Hughes
United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1862-1948)
 
Charles Farrar Browne
United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)
 
Charles Follen McKim
United States neoclassical architect (1847-1909)
 
Charles Francis Hall
United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871)
 
Charles Francois Gounod
French composer best remembered for his operas (1818-1893)
 
Charles Franklin Kettering
United States electrical engineer who made numerous automotive improvements (including the electric starter) (1876-1958)
 
Charles Frederick Menninger
United States psychiatrist who with his sons founded a famous psychiatric clinic in Topeka (1862-1953)
 
Charles Frederick Worth
French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
 
Charles Goodyear
United States inventor of vulcanized rubber (1800-1860)
 
Charles Hard Townes
United States physicist who developed the laser and maser principles for producing high-intensity radiation (1915-)
 
Charles Hardin Holley
United States rock star (1936-1959)
 
Charles Henry Harrod
English merchant who took over a shop in London that was expanded by his son into a prestigious department store (1800-1885)
 
Charles Herbert Best
Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)
 
Charles II
King of England and Scotland and Ireland during the Restoration (1630-1685)
 
Charles IX
King of France from 1560 to 1574 whose reign was dominated by his mother Catherine de Medicis (1550-1574)
 
Charles James Fox
English statesman who supported American independence and the French Revolution (1749-1806)
 
Charles John Huffam Dickens
English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
 
Charles Joseph Clark
Canadian politician who served as prime minister (1939-)
 
Charles Kay Ogden
English psychologist who collaborated with I. A. Richards in designing Basic English (1889-1957)
 
Charles Lamb
English essayist (1775-1834)
 
Charles Laughton
United States film actor (born in England) (1899-1962)
 
Charles Liston
United States prizefighter who lost his world heavyweight championship to Cassius Clay in 1964 (1932-1970)
 
Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte
nephew of Napoleon I and emperor of the French from 1852 to 1871 (1808-1873)
 
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
English author; Charles Dodgson was an Oxford don of mathematics who is remembered for the children's stories he wrote under the pen name Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
 
Charles Martin Hall
United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914)
 
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
French statesman (1754-1838)
 
Charles Munroe Schulz
United States cartoonist whose comic strip included the beagle Snoopy (1922-2000)
 
Charles Pierre Baudelaire
a French poet noted for macabre imagery and evocative language (1821-1867)
 
Charles Proteus Steinmetz
United States electrical engineer and inventor (born in Germany) (1865-1923)
 
Charles Ringling
United States showman whose song-and-dance troop evolved into a circus (1863-1926)
 
Charles Robert Darwin
English natural scientist who formulated a theory of evolution by natural selection (1809-1882)
 
Charles Robert Redford
United States actor and filmmaker who starred with Paul Newman in several films (born in 1936)
 
Charles Sanders Peirce
United States philosopher and logician; pioneer of pragmatism (1839-1914)
 
Charles Stewart Parnell
Irish nationalist leader (1846-1891)
 
Charles Stuart
son of James I who was King of England and Scotland and Ireland; was deposed and executed by Oliver Cromwell (1600-1649)
 
Charles Taze Russell
United States religious leader who founded the sect that is now called Jehovah's Witnesses (1852-1916)
 
Charles the Bald
as Charles II he was Holy Roman Emperor and as Charles I he was king of France (823-877)
 
Charles the Great
king of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor; conqueror of the Lombards and Saxons (742-814)
 
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
Scottish physicist who invented the cloud chamber (1869-1959)
 
Charles VII
King of France who began his reign with most of northern France under English control; after the intervention of Jeanne d'Arc the French were able to defeat the English and end the Hundred Years' War (1403-1461)
 
Charles Wesley
English clergyman and brother of John Wesley who wrote many hymns (1707-1788)
 
Charles Wilkes
United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)
 
Charles William Post
United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)
 
Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman
United States feminist (1860-1935)
 
Charlotte Bronte
English novelist; oldest of three Bronte sisters (1816-1855)
 
charmer
someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
 
Charon
(Greek mythology) the ferryman who brought the souls of the dead across the river Styx or the river Acheron to Hades
 
charter member
one of the original members when an organization was founded
 
chartered accountant
a British or Canadian accountant who is a member of a professional body that has a royal charter
 
Chartist
a 19th century English reformer who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people
 
chartist
a stock market analyst who tries to predict market trends from graphs of recent prices of securities
 
chased
a person who is being chased
 
chaser
a person who is pursuing and trying to overtake or capture
 
Chassid
a member of a Jewish sect that observes a form of strict Orthodox Judaism
 
chatelaine
the mistress of a chateau or large country house
 
chauffeur
a man paid to drive a privately owned car
 
chauffeuse
a woman chauffeur
 
chauvinist
a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind
 
chauvinist
an extreme bellicose nationalist
 
cheap-jack
a seller of shoddy goods
 
cheapjack
a peddler of inferior goods
 
cheapskate
a miserly person
 
chebab
a Palestinian juvenile 10-15 years old who fights against the Israelis
 
Chechen
a native or inhabitant of Chechnya
 
check girl
a female checker
 
checker
one who checks the correctness of something
 
checker
an attendant who checks coats or baggage
 
cheerer
a spectator who shouts encouragement
 
cheerleader
someone who leads the cheers by spectators at a sporting event
 
cheerleader
an enthusiastic and vocal supporter
 
cheesemonger
someone who sells cheese
 
chef
a professional cook
 
chela
a Hindu disciple of a swami
 
chemist
a scientist who specializes in chemistry
 
Cheops
Egyptian Pharaoh of the 27th century BC who commissioned the Great Pyramid at Giza
 
Cheremiss
a member of a rural Finnish people living in eastern Russia
 
Cherokee
a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living in the Appalachian Mountains but now chiefly in Oklahoma
 
cherub
an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child
 
cherub
a sweet innocent baby
 
Cheshire cat
a fictional cat with a broad fixed smile on its face; created by Lewis Carroll
 
chess master
a chess player of great skill
 
chess player
someone who plays the game of chess
 
Chester Alan Arthur
elected vice president and became 21st President of the United States when Garfield was assassinated (1830-1886)
 
Chester William Nimitz
United States admiral of the Pacific fleet during World War II who used aircraft carriers to destroy the Japanese navy (1885-1966)
 
Chevalier de Bayard
French soldier said to be fearless and chivalrous (1473-1524)
 
chewer
someone who chews (especially someone who chews tobacco)
 
Cheyenne
a member of a North American Indian people living on the western plains (now living in Oklahoma and Montana)
 
Chiang Chung-cheng
Chinese military and political figure; in the Chinese civil war that followed World War II he was defeated by the Chinese communists and in 1949 was forced to withdraw to Taiwan where he served as president of Nationalist China until his death (1897-1975)
 
Chicano
a person of Mexican descent
 
Chichewa
a member of the Bantu-speaking people of Malawi and eastern Zambia and northern Zimbabwe
 
chichi
someone who dresses in a trendy fashionable way
 
Chickasaw
a member of the Muskhogean people formerly living in northern Mississippi
 
Chicken Little
a fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling
 
chicken
a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
 
Chief Constable
the head of the police force in a county (or similar area)
 
Chief Joseph
leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
 
chief justice
the judge who presides over a supreme court
 
chief of staff
the senior officer of a service of the armed forces
 
chief of state
the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government
 
chief petty officer
a person with the senior noncommissioned naval rank
 
Chief Secretary
a member of the British Cabinet
 
chief
the head of a tribe or clan
 
chief
a person who is in charge
 
child
a member of a clan or tribe
 
child molester
a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
 
child prodigy
a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
 
child
a young person of either sex
 
child
a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
 
Chilean
a native or inhabitant of Chile
 
chiliast
a person who believes in the coming of the millennium (a time of great peace and prosperity)
 
Chiluba
a member of a Bantu people in southeastern Congo
 
Chimaera
(Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon
 
Chimakum
a member of the Salishan people living in northwestern Washington
 
Chimariko
a member of an extinct North American Indian people formerly living in California
 
chimneysweep
someone who cleans soot from chimneys
 
Chinaman
(ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent
 
Chinese
a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
 
Chinese deity
a deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese
 
Chinook
a member of an important North American Indian people who controlled the mouth of the Columbia river; they were organized into settlements rather than tribes
 
Chipewyan
a member of the Athapaskan people living in western Canada between Great Slave Lake and Hudson Bay
 
Chippewa
a member of an Algonquian people who lived west of Lake Superior
 
chiromancer
fortuneteller who predicts your future by the lines on your palms
 
Chiron
(Greek mythology) the learned centaur who tutored Achilles, Asclepius, Hercules, Jason, and other heroes
 
chiropodist
a specialist in care for the feet
 
chiropractor
a therapist who practices chiropractic
 
chiseler
a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
 
chit
a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect
 
Chloe Anthony Wofford
United States writer whose novels describe the lives of African-Americans (born in 1931)
 
Choctaw
a member of the Muskhogean people formerly living in Alabama
 
choirboy
a boy who sings in a choir
 
choker
an unfortunate person who is unable to perform effectively because of nervous tension or agitation
 
choker
someone who kills by strangling
 
chooser
a person who chooses or selects out
 
choragus
(ancient Greece) leader of a group or festival; leader of a chorus
 
choreographer
someone who creates new dances
 
chorine
a woman who dances in a chorus line
 
chorister
a singer in a choir
 
chosen
one who is the object of choice; who is given preference
 
christ
any expected deliverer
 
Christiaan Eijkman
Dutch physician who discovered that beriberi is caused by a nutritional deficiency (1858-1930)
 
Christiaan Huygens
Dutch physicist who first formulated the wave theory of light (1629-1695)
 
Christian
a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
 
Christian Dior
French couturier whose first collection in 1947 created a style that became known as the New Look (1905-1957)
 
Christian Friedrich Hebbel
German dramatist (1813-1863)
 
Christian Friedrich Schonbein
German chemist who discovered ozone and developed guncotton as a propellant in firearms (1799-1868)
 
Christian Johann Doppler
Austrian physicist famous for his discovery of the Doppler effect (1803-1853)
 
Christian Scientist
a member of the Protestant church founded in the United States by Mary Baker Eddy
 
Christine Marie Evert
United States tennis player who won women's singles titles in the United States and at Wimbledon (born in 1954)
 
Christoph Willibald von Gluck
German composer of more than 100 operas (1714-1787)
 
Christopher Carson
United States frontiersman who guided Fremont's expeditions in the 1840s and served as a Union general in the American Civil War (1809-1868)
 
Christopher Columbus
Italian navigator who discovered the New World in the service of Spain while looking for a route to China (1451-1506)
 
Christopher Fry
English dramatist noted for his comic verse dramas (born 1907)
 
Christopher Marlowe
English poet and playwright who introduced blank verse as a form of dramatic expression; was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl (1564-1593)
 
Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood
United States writer (born in England) whose best known novels portray Berlin in the 1930's and who collaborated with W. H. Auden in writing plays in verse (1904-1986)
 
chronicler
someone who writes chronicles
 
Chuang-tzu
4th-century Chinese philosopher on whose teachings Lao-tse based Taoism
 
Chukchi
a member of an indigenous people living on the Chukchi Peninsula
 
chump
a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
 
church member
a religious person who goes to church regularly
 
church officer
a church official
 
churchman
a clergyman or other person in religious orders
 
churchwarden
an officer in the Episcopal church who helps a parish priest with secular matters
 
churl
a bad-tempered person
 
churl
a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
 
chutzpanik
(Yiddish) a person characterized by chutzpa
 
Chuvash
a member of a people of Turkic speech living in the Volga region in eastern Russia
 
cicerone
a guide who conducts and informs sightseers
 
Cicily Isabel Fairfield
British writer (born in Ireland) (1892-1983)
 
cigar smoker
a smoker of cigars
 
cigarette smoker
a smoker of cigarettes
 
Cinderella
a woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition
 
Cinderella
a fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince
 
cipher
a person of no influence
 
Circassian
a member of the Sunni Muslim people living in northwestern Caucasia
 
Circe
(Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
 
circus acrobat
an acrobat who performs acrobatic feats in a circus
 
Cistercian
member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silence
 
citizen
a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
 
city boy
a city dweller with sophisticated manners and clothing
 
city editor
the newspaper editor in charge of editing local news
 
city father
an important municipal official
 
city man
a financier who works in one of the banks in the City of London
 
city manager
the head of a city government
 
civic leader
a leader in municipal affairs
 
civil authority
a person who exercises authority over civilian affairs
 
civil engineer
an engineer trained to design and construct and maintain public works (roads or bridges or harbors etc.)
 
civil libertarian
a libertarian who is actively concerned with the protection of civil liberties
 
civil rights activist
a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
 
civil servant
a public official who is a member of the civil service
 
civilian
a nonmilitary citizen
 
Claes Thure Oldenburg
United States sculptor (born in Sweden); a leader of the pop art movement who was noted for giant sculptures of common objects (born in 1929)
 
claim jumper
one who illegally occupies property to which another has a legal claim
 
claimant
someone who claims a benefit or right or title
 
clairvoyant
someone who has the power of clairvoyance
 
clan member
a member of a clan
 
Clara Josephine Schumann
German pianist and composer of piano music; renowned for her interpretation of music, especially the music of her husband Robert Schumann (1819-1896)
 
Clare Booth Luce
United States playwright and public official (1902-1987)
 
Clarence Malcolm Lowry
English novelist (1909-1957)
 
Clarence Seward Darrow
United States lawyer famous for his defense of lost causes (1857-1938)
 
Clarence Shepard Day Jr.
United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935)
 
clarinetist
a musician who plays the clarinet
 
class act
someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence
 
class fellow
an acquaintance that you go to school with
 
classic
an artist who has created classic works
 
classical scholar
a student of ancient Greek and Latin
 
classicist
an artistic person who adheres to classicism
 
classifier
a person who creates classifications
 
Claude Achille Debussy
French composer who is said to have created Impressionism in music (1862-1918)
 
Claude Bernard
French physiologist noted for research on secretions of the alimentary canal and the glycogenic function of the liver (1813-1878)
 
Claude Elwood Shannon
United States electrical engineer who pioneered mathematical communication theory (1916-2001)
 
Claude Levi-Strauss
French cultural anthropologist who promoted structural analysis of social systems (born in 1908)
 
Claude Monet
French impressionist painter (1840-1926)
 
Claudio Monteverdi
Italian composer (1567-1643)
 
Claudius Ptolemaeus
Alexandrian astronomer (of the 2nd century) who proposed a geocentric system of astronomy that was undisputed until the late Renaissance
 
claustrophobe
a person suffering from claustrophobia
 
cleaner
someone whose occupation is cleaning
 
cleaner
the operator of dry-cleaning establishment
 
Cleanthes
ancient Greek philosopher who succeeded Zeno of Citium as the leader of the Stoic school (300-232 BC)
 
Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier
United States physician who in 1863 founded a medical school for women (1813-1888)
 
Clement Philibert Leo Delibes
French composer of operas (1836-1891)
 
Clement Richard Attlee
British statesman and leader of the Labour Party who instituted the welfare state in Britain (1883-1967)
 
Cleopatra
beautiful and charismatic queen of Egypt; mistress of Julius Caesar and later of Mark Antony; killed herself to avoid capture by Octavian (69-30 BC)
 
clergyman
a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
 
clericalist
one who advocates clericalism
 
clerk
an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
 
clerk
a salesperson in a store
 
clever Dick
an intellectual who is ostentatiously and irritatingly knowledgeable
 
client
a person who seeks the advice of a lawyer
 
client
someone who pays for goods or services
 
cliff dweller
a member of the Anasazi people living in the southwestern United States who built rock or adobe dwellings on ledges in the sides of caves
 
Clifford Odets
United States playwright (1906-1963)
 
climatologist
someone who is expert in climatology
 
climber
someone who climbs as a sport; especially someone who climbs mountains
 
climber
someone who ascends on foot
 
climber
someone seeking social prominence by obsequious behavior
 
clinical psychologist
a therapist who deals with mental and emotional disorders
 
clinician
a practitioner (of medicine or psychology) who does clinical work instead of laboratory experiments
 
Clio
(Greek mythology) the Muse of history
 
clip artist
a swindler who fleeces the victim
 
Clive Staples Lewis
English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)
 
cloakmaker
someone whose occupation is making or repairing fur garments
 
clochard
a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
 
clock watcher
a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time
 
clockmaker
someone whose occupation is making or repairing clocks and watches
 
clod
an awkward stupid person
 
clog dancer
someone who does clog dancing
 
clone
a person who is almost identical to another
 
closer
a person who closes something
 
closer
(baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game
 
closet queen
a negative term for a homosexual man who chooses not to reveal his sexual orientation
 
clothes designer
someone who designs clothing
 
clothier
a merchant who sells men's clothing
 
cloud seeder
a person who seeds clouds
 
Clovis I
king of the Franks who unified Gaul and established his capital at Paris and founded the Frankish monarchy; his name was rendered as Gallic `Louis' (466-511)
 
club member
someone who is a member of a club
 
clumsy person
a person with poor motor coordination
 
Clyde William Tombaugh
United States astronomer who discovered the planet Pluto (1906-1997)
 
Clytemnestra
(Greek mythology) wife of Agamemnon who had him murdered when he returned from the Trojan War
 
CO
one who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience
 
co-beneficiary
one of two or more beneficiaries of the same benefit
 
co-discoverer
someone who is the first of two or more people to discover something
 
co-ed
a female student at a coeducational college or university
 
co-star
one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film
 
coach
(sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team
 
coach
a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)
 
coachbuilder
a craftsman who makes the bodies of motor vehicles
 
coachman
a man who drives a coach (or carriage)
 
coadjutor
an assistant to a bishop
 
coal miner
someone who works in a coal mine
 
coalman
someone who delivers coal
 
coaster
someone who coasts
 
coaster
a resident of a coastal area
 
coastguardsman
a member of a coastguard
 
coauthor
a writer who collaborates with others in writing something
 
coaxer
someone who tries to persuade by blandishment and coaxing
 
cobber
Australian term for a pal
 
cobbler
a person who makes or repairs shoes
 
cocaine addict
a person addicted to cocaine
 
Cochimi
a member of a North American Indian people living in central Baja California
 
Cochise
Apache leader of the resistance to United States troops in Arizona (1812-1874)
 
cockatrice
monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill with a glance
 
Cockney
a native of the east end of London
 
cockscomb
a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
 
cocksucker
a person who performs fellatio
 
coconspirator
a member of a conspiracy
 
Cocopah
a member of a North American Indian people living around the mouth of the Colorado River
 
Cocus
(Greek mythology) one of the Titans
 
coddler
someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgence
 
codefendant
a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action
 
coder
a person who designs and writes and tests computer programs
 
codetalker
a secret agent who was one of the Navajos who devised and used a code based on their native language; the code was unbroken by the Japanese during World War II
 
codger
used affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man
 
Coeur d'Alene
a member of an Amerindian people living in northern Idaho around Coeur d'Alene Lake
 
coeval
a person of nearly the same age as another
 
cofounder
one of a group of founders
 
cog
a subordinate who performs an important but routine function
 
cognitive neuroscientist
a cognitive scientist who studies the neurophysiological foundations of mental phenomena
 
cognitive scientist
a scientist who studies cognitive processes
 
cognoscente
an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
 
coiffeur
a man hairdresser
 
coiffeuse
a woman hairdresser
 
coin collector
a collector and student of money (and coins in particular)
 
coiner
someone who is a source of new words or new expressions
 
coiner
a maker of counterfeit coins
 
coiner
a skilled worker who coins or stamps money
 
cold fish
an aloof unemotional person
 
Cole Albert Porter
United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)
 
Coleman Hawkins
United States jazz saxophonist (1904-1969)
 
Colin luther Powell
United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
 
collaborationist
someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
 
collaborator
someone who assists in a plot
 
collaborator
an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest
 
colleague
an associate that one works with
 
colleague
a person who is member of one's class or profession
 
collectivist
a person who belongs to the political left
 
collector of internal revenue
someone who collects taxes for the government
 
colleen
an Irish girl
 
college boy
a student (or former student) at a college or university
 
college student
a student enrolled in a college or university
 
Collis Potter Huntington
United States railroad executive who built the western section of the first United States transcontinental railroad (1821-1900)
 
Colombian
a native or inhabitant of Colombia
 
colonel
a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
 
Colonel Blimp
any elderly pompous reactionary ultranationalistic person (after the cartoon character created by Sir David Low)
 
Colonel Blimp
a pompous reactionary cartoon character created by Sir David Low
 
colonial
a resident of a colony
 
colonialist
a believer in colonialism
 
coloniser
someone who helps to found a colony
 
colonist
a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
 
color bearer
the soldier who carries the standard of the unit in military parades or in battle
 
color guard
a ceremonial escort for the (regimental) colors
 
color sergeant
a sergeant in a color guard who carries one of the colors
 
color-blind person
a person unable to distinguish differences in hue
 
Coloradan
a native or resident of Colorado
 
coloratura
a lyric soprano who specializes in coloratura vocal music
 
colorist
a painter able to achieve special effects with color
 
Colossian
a native or inhabitant of the city of Colossae in ancient Phrygia
 
columnist
a journalist who writes editorials
 
Comanche
a member of the Shoshonean people who formerly lived between Wyoming and the Mexican border but are now chiefly in Oklahoma
 
combat pilot
airplane pilot who fights in an action between two military forces
 
comber
a person who separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
 
comedian
an actor in a comedy
 
comedian
a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
 
comedienne
a female comedian
 
comedienne
a female actor in a comedy
 
comer
someone with a promising future
 
Comer Vann Woodward
United States historian (1908-1999)
 
comfort woman
a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II
 
comforter
a person who commiserates with someone who has had misfortune
 
command sergeant major
a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Army
 
commandant
an officer in command of a military unit
 
commander
someone in an official position of authority who can command or control others
 
commander
a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a lieutenant commander and below a captain
 
commander in chief
the officer who holds the supreme command
 
commando
a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
 
commentator
an expert who observes and comments on something
 
commentator
a writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
 
commercial artist
an illustrator who is supported by advertising
 
commie
a socialist who advocates communism
 
Commissaire Maigret
a fictional detective in novels by Georges Simenon
 
commissar
an official of the Communist Party who was assigned to teach party principles to a military unit
 
commissionaire
a uniformed doorman
 
commissioned military officer
a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
 
commissioned naval officer
a commissioned officer in the navy
 
commissioned officer
a military officer holding a commission
 
commissioner
a government administrator
 
commissioner
a member of a commission
 
committee member
a member of a committee
 
committeeman
a man who is a member of committee
 
committeewoman
a woman who is a member of a committee
 
commodore
a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a captain and below a rear admiral; the lowest grade of admiral
 
common man
a person who holds no title
 
common scold
someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
 
communicant
a person entitled to receive Communion
 
communicator
a person who communicates with others
 
Communist
a member of the communist party
 
commuter
someone who travels regularly from home in a suburb to work in a city
 
companion
one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
 
companion
a traveler who accompanies you
 
company man
an employee whose first loyalty is to the company rather than to fellow workers
 
company operator
an operator who works for a company
 
comparative anatomist
anatomist who compares the anatomy of different animals
 
compatriot
a person from your own country
 
compeer
a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
 
compere
British term for someone who introduces television acts or cabarets etc
 
compiler
a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)
 
complainant
a person who brings an action in a court of law
 
complexifier
someone makes things complex
 
composer
someone who composes music as a profession
 
compositor
one who sets written material into type
 
compromiser
a negotiator willing to compromise
 
Comptroller General
a United States federal official who supervises expenditures and settles claims against the government
 
Comptroller of the Currency
a United States federal official who regulates the national banks
 
compulsive
a person with a compulsive disposition; someone who feels compelled to do certain things
 
computational linguist
someone trained in computer science and linguistics who uses computers for natural language processing
 
computer expert
an authority on computers and computing
 
computer scientist
a scientist who specializes in the theory of computation and the design of computers
 
computer user
a person who uses computers for work or entertainment or communication or business
 
Comrade
a fellow member of the Communist Party
 
Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade
French soldier and writer whose descriptions of sexual perversion gave rise to the term `sadism' (1740-1814)
 
Comtesse Du Barry
courtier and influential mistress of Louis XV who was guillotined during the French Revolution (1743-1793)
 
con artist
a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
 
con
a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
 
conceiver
someone who creates new things
 
concert-goer
someone who attends concerts
 
concertinist
a person who plays the concertina
 
concessionaire
someone who holds or operates a concession
 
conchologist
a collector and student of mollusc shells
 
concierge
a French caretaker of apartments or a hotel; lives on the premises and oversees people entering and leaving and handles mail and acts as janitor or porter
 
conciliator
someone who tries to bring peace
 
concubine
a woman who cohabits with an important man
 
conditioner
a trainer of athletes
 
conductor
the person who collects fares on a public conveyance
 
conductor
the person who leads a musical group
 
conductress
a woman conductor
 
Confederate
a supporter of the Confederate States of America
 
Confederate soldier
a soldier in the Army of the Confederacy during the American Civil War
 
conferee
a member of a conference
 
conferee
a person on whom something is bestowed
 
conferrer
someone who converses or confers (as in a conference)
 
confessor
a priest who hears confession and gives absolution
 
confessor
someone who confesses (discloses information damaging to themselves)
 
confidant
someone to whom private matters are confided
 
confidante
a female confidant
 
conformist
someone who conforms to established standards of conduct (especially in religious matters)
 
Confucianist
a believer in the teachings of Confucius
 
confuter
a debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument
 
Congolese
a native or inhabitant of the Republic of the Congo
 
congregant
a member of a congregation (especially that of a church or synagogue)
 
Congregationalist
a member of the Congregational Church
 
congressman
a member of the United States House of Representatives
 
conjure man
a witch doctor who practices conjury
 
conjurer
someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
 
Connecticuter
a native or resident of Connecticut
 
connection
a supplier (especially of narcotics)
 
connection
(usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship)
 
Conoy
a member of an Algonquian people formerly living in Maryland between Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac river; allies of the Nanticoke people
 
conqueror
someone who is victorious by force of arms
 
conquistador
an adventurer (especially one who led the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century)
 
Conrad Potter Aiken
United States writer (1889-1973)
 
conscript
someone who is drafted into military service
 
conservationist
someone who works to protect the environment from destruction or pollution
 
Conservative
a member of a Conservative Party
 
Conservative Jew
Jew who keeps some requirements of Mosaic law but adapts others to suit modern circumstances
 
conservative
a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
 
conservator
someone appointed by a court to assume responsibility for the interests of a minor or incompetent person
 
conservator
the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)
 
consignee
the person to whom merchandise is delivered over
 
consigner
the person who delivers over or commits merchandise
 
consort
the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
 
constable
a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff
 
constable
a police officer of the lowest rank
 
Constantin Brancusi
Romanian sculptor noted for abstractions of animal forms (1876-1957)
 
constituent
a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
 
constitutionalist
an advocate of constitutional government
 
construction worker
a worker skilled in building offices or dwellings etc.
 
constructivist
an artist of the school of constructivism
 
consul
a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
 
consumer
a person who uses goods or services
 
consumptive
a person with pulmonary tuberculosis
 
contact
a person who is in a position to give you special assistance
 
contadino
an Italian farmer
 
Conte Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta
Italian physicist after whom the volt is named; studied electric currents and invented the voltaic pile (1745-1827)
 
contemplative
a person devoted to the contemplative life
 
contestant
a person who participates in competitions
 
contestant
a person who dissents from some established policy
 
contestee
a winner (of a race or an election etc.) whose victory is contested
 
contester
someone who contests an outcome (of a race or an election etc.)
 
contortionist
an acrobat able to twist into unusual positions
 
Contra
a member of the guerrilla force that opposed a left-wing government in Nicaragua
 
contrabandist
someone who imports or exports without paying duties
 
contractor
someone (a person or firm) who contracts to build things
 
contractor
(law) a party to a contract
 
contractor
the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps
 
contralto
a woman singer having a contralto voice
 
contrapuntist
a composer who specializes in counterpoint
 
contrarian
an investor who deliberately decides to go against the prevailing wisdom of other investors
 
contributor
a writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book
 
contributor
someone who contributes (or promises to contribute) a sum of money
 
contriver
a person who makes plans
 
control
a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
 
control freak
someone with a compulsive desire to exert control over situations and people
 
controller
a person who directs and restrains
 
controversialist
a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
 
convalescent
a person who is recovering from illness
 
convener
the member of a group whose duty it is to convene meetings
 
conventioneer
someone who attends a convention
 
convergent thinker
a thinker who focuses on the problem as stated and tries to synthesize information and knowledge to achieve a solution
 
conversational partner
a person who takes part in a conversation
 
conversationalist
someone skilled at conversation
 
Converso
(medieval Spain and Portugal) a Jew or Moor who professed to convert to Christianity in order to avoid persecution or expulsion
 
convert
a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief
 
conveyancer
a lawyer who specializes in the business of conveying properties
 
conveyer
a person who conveys (carries or transmits)
 
convict
a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense
 
cook
someone who cooks food
 
cookie
the cook on a ranch or at a camp
 
coolie
(ethnic slur) an offensive name for an unskilled Asian laborer
 
coon
an eccentric or undignified rustic
 
coordinator
someone whose task is to see that work goes harmoniously
 
copartner
a joint partner (as in a business enterprise)
 
copilot
a relief pilot on an airplane
 
copper's nark
an informer or spy working for the police
 
coppersmith
someone who makes articles from copper
 
Copt
an Egyptian descended from the ancient Egyptians
 
Copt
a member of the Coptic Church
 
copy editor
an editor who prepares text for publication
 
copyist
someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts
 
copywriter
a person employed to write advertising or publicity copy
 
coquette
a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
 
Cordell Hull
United States diplomat who did the groundwork for creating the United Nations (1871-1955)
 
cordon bleu
a chef famous for his great skill
 
coreligionist
someone having the same religion as another person
 
corespondent
the codefendant charged with adultery with the estranged spouse in a divorce proceeding
 
Corinthian
a resident of Corinth
 
Corinthian
a man devoted to the pursuit of pleasure
 
Cornelia Otis Skinner
United States actress noted for her one-woman shows (1901-1979)
 
Cornelius Jansenius
a Dutch Roman Catholic theologian (1585-1638)
 
Cornelius Vanderbilt
United States financier who accumulated great wealth from railroad and shipping businesses (1794-1877)
 
corner man
a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor
 
cornerback
a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers
 
cornetist
a musician who plays the trumpet or cornet
 
cornhusker
a worker who husks corn
 
Cornhusker
a native or resident of Nebraska
 
Cornishman
a man who is a native or inhabitant of Cornwall
 
Cornishwoman
a woman who is a native or resident of Cornwall
 
coroner
a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes
 
corporal
a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines
 
corporatist
a supporter of corporatism
 
correspondent
someone who communicates by means of letters
 
correspondent
a journalist employed to provide news stories for newspapers or broadcast media
 
cosignatory
one of two or more signers of the same document (as a treaty or declaration)
 
cosigner
a signer in addition to the principal signer (to verify the authenticity of the principal signature or to provide surety)
 
Cosimo the Elder
Italian financier and statesman and friend of the papal court (1389-1464)
 
cosmetic surgeon
a surgeon who beautifies the body (especially the face)
 
cosmetician
someone who sells or applies cosmetics
 
cosmetologist
an expert in the use of cosmetics
 
cosmographer
a scientist knowledgeable about cosmography
 
cosmologist
an astronomer who studies the evolution and space-time relations of the universe
 
cosmopolitan
a sophisticated person who has travelled in many countries
 
Cossack
a member of a Slavic people living in southern European Russia and Ukraine and adjacent parts of Asia and noted for their horsemanship and military skill; they formed an elite cavalry corps in czarist Russia
 
cost accountant
a specialist in the systematic recording and analysis of the costs incident to production
 
Costa Rican
a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica
 
Costanoan
a member of a North American Indian people living in coastal California between Monterey and San Francisco Bay
 
costume designer
someone who designs or supplies costumes (as for a play or masquerade)
 
cotenant
one of two or more tenants holding title to the same property
 
cottage dweller
someone who lives in a cottage
 
cottar
a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands
 
cotter
a medieval English villein
 
couch potato
an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
 
council member
a member of a council
 
councilman
a man who is a council member
 
councilwoman
a woman who is a council member
 
Counsel to the Crown
a barrister selected to serve as counsel to the British ruler
 
counsellor
someone who gives advice about problems
 
counsellor
someone who has supervisory duties at a summer camp
 
count
a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl
 
Count Alessandro di Cagliostro
Italian who was famous as a magician and alchemist (1743-1795)
 
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
German inventor who designed and built the first rigid motorized dirigible (1838-1917)
 
Count Lev Nikolayevitch Tolstoy
Russian author remembered for two great novels (1828-1910)
 
Count Maurice Maeterlinck
Belgian playwright (1862-1949)
 
Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
German theologian (1700-1760)
 
count palatine
a count who exercised royal authority in his own domain
 
counter
a person who counts things
 
counterdemonstrator
someone who demonstrates in opposition to another demonstration
 
counterfeiter
someone who makes copies illegally
 
counterman
someone who attends a counter (as in a diner)
 
counterrevolutionary
a revolutionary whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by an earlier revolution
 
counterspy
a spy who works against enemy espionage
 
countertenor
a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor
 
counterterrorist
someone who attempts to prevent terrorism
 
countess
female equivalent of a count or earl
 
country doctor
a doctor who practices in the country (rather than in a city) usually remote from a modern hospital
 
countryman
a man from your own country
 
countryman
a man who lives in the country and has country ways
 
countrywoman
a woman who lives in the country and has country ways
 
countrywoman
a woman from your own country
 
coureur de bois
a French Canadian trapper
 
courier
a person who carries a message
 
courser
a huntsman who hunts small animals with fast dogs that use sight rather than scent to follow their prey
 
courtier
an attendant at the court of a sovereign
 
cousin
the child of your aunt or uncle
 
cover girl
a very pretty girl who works as a photographer's model
 
cow
a large unpleasant woman
 
coward
a person who shows fear or timidity
 
cowboy
someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in driving vehicles)
 
cowboy
a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging
 
cowgirl
a woman cowboy
 
cox
the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew
 
coyote
a forest fire fighter who is sent to battle remote and severe forest fires (often for days at a time)
 
coyote
someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)
 
CPA
an accountant who has passed certain examinations and met all other statutory and licensing requirements of a United States state to be certified by that state
 
crab
a quarrelsome grouch
 
crack shot
someone skilled in shooting
 
cracker
a programmer who cracks (gains unauthorized access to) computers, typically to do malicious things
 
cracker
a poor White person in the southern United States
 
crackerjack
someone excellent of their kind
 
crackpot
a whimsically eccentric person
 
cracksman
a thief who breaks open safes to steal valuable contents
 
crafter
a creator of great skill in the manual arts
 
craftsman
a professional whose work is consistently of high quality
 
cragsman
a climber of vertical rock faces
 
crammer
a teacher who is paid to cram students for examinations
 
crammer
a student who crams
 
craniologist
someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
 
crap-shooter
a gambler who throws dice in the game of craps
 
crapshooter
a gambler who plays the game of craps
 
crasher
someone who gets in (to a party) without an invitation or without paying
 
craven
an abject coward
 
crawler
a person who crawls or creeps along the ground
 
crazy
someone deranged and possibly dangerous
 
creative thinker
an important intellectual
 
creator
a person who grows or makes or invents things
 
creature
a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
 
creature
a human being; `wight' is an archaic term
 
credit analyst
an analyst who studies the financial statements and financial history of applicants for credit in order to evaluate their creditworthiness
 
creditor
a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists
 
Cree
a member of an Algonquian people living in central Canada
 
Creek
any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma
 
creep
someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
 
Creole
a person descended from French ancestors in southern United States (especially Louisiana)
 
Creole
a person of European descent born in the West Indies or Latin America
 
Creon
(Greek mythology) the brother of Jocasta and uncle of Antigone who became king of Thebes after the fall of Oedipus
 
Cretan
a native or inhabitant of Crete
 
crew member
a member of a flight crew
 
crewman
a member of a work crew
 
crewman
any member of a ship's crew
 
cricketer
an athlete who plays cricket
 
crier
a peddler who shouts to advertise the goods he sells
 
crier
(formerly) an official who made public announcements
 
crier
a person who weeps
 
criminal
someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
 
criminologist
a specialist in criminology
 
crimp
someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
 
criollo
a Spanish American of pure European stock (usually Spanish)
 
cripple
someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury or disability to the legs or back
 
Cristobal Balenciaga
Spanish fashion designer known for his stark elegant designs (1895-1972)
 
critic
someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
 
critic
anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
 
critic
a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art
 
critter sitter
someone left in charge of pets while their owners are away from home
 
Crius
(Greek mythology) one of the Titans
 
Croatian
a member of the Slavic people living in Croatia
 
Croesus
a very wealthy man
 
Croesus
last king of Lydia (died in 546 BC)
 
crofter
an owner or tenant of a small farm in Great Britain
 
Cronus
(Greek mythology) the supreme god until Zeus dethroned him; son of Uranus and Gaea in ancient Greek mythology; identified with Roman Saturn
 
crookback
a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine
 
cropper
small farmers and tenants
 
cross-dresser
someone who adopts the dress or manner or sexual role of the opposite sex
 
cross-examiner
someone who questions a witness carefully (especially about testimony given earlier)
 
crossbencher
a member of the House of Commons who does not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
 
crossing guard
someone who helps people (especially children) at a traffic crossing
 
crossover
a voter who is registered as a member of one political party but who votes in the primary of another party
 
croupier
someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table
 
Crow
a member of the Siouan people formerly living in eastern Montana
 
crown prince
a male heir apparent to a throne
 
crown princess
a female heir apparent to a throne
 
crown princess
the wife of a crown prince
 
crowned head
a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
 
cruiserweight
a professional boxer who weighs between 169 and 175 pounds
 
Crusader
a warrior who engages in a holy war
 
crusader
a disputant who advocates reform
 
cryptanalyst
decoder skilled in the analysis of codes and cryptograms
 
crystallographer
a specialist in crystallography
 
Cub Scout
a junior Boy Scout
 
cub
an awkward and inexperienced youth
 
cub
a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
 
Cuban
a native or inhabitant of Cuba
 
cubist
an artist who adheres to the principles of cubism
 
cuckold
a man whose wife committed adultery
 
cuirassier
a cavalryman equipped with a cuirass
 
culprit
someone who perpetrates wrongdoing
 
cultist
a member of a religious cult
 
cultist
a member of an unorthodox cult who generally lives outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
 
cultural anthropologist
an anthropologist who studies such cultural phenomena as kinship systems
 
cultural attache
an attache who is a specialist in cultural matters
 
cunctator
someone who postpones work (especially out of laziness or habitual carelessness)
 
cupbearer
the attendant (usually an officer of a nobleman's household) whose duty is to fill and serve cups of wine
 
Cupid
(Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros
 
cur
a cowardly and despicable person
 
curandera
a Mexican woman who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans
 
curandero
a Mexican man who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans
 
curate
a person authorized to conduct religious worship
 
curmudgeon
a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas
 
currier
a craftsman who curries leather for use
 
custodian
one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
 
customer agent
a foreign purchaser who buys goods outright for resale
 
cut-up
someone who plays practical jokes on others
 
cutler
a dealer in cutlery
 
cutpurse
a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places
 
cutter
someone whose work is cutting (as e.g. cutting cloth for garments)
 
cutter
someone who cuts or carves stone
 
cutthroat
someone who murders by cutting the victim's throat
 
cybernaut
a computer user who uses the internet; someone who explores cyberspace
 
cyberpunk
a writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
 
cyberpunk
a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism
 
Cyclops
(Greek mythology) one of a group of giants having a single eye in the middle of their forehead
 
cymbalist
a performer on the cymbals
 
Cynewulf
Anglo-Saxon poet (circa 9th century)
 
Cynic
a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control
 
cynic
someone who is critical of the motives of others
 
Cynthia
(Greek mythology) the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana
 
Cypriote
a native or inhabitant of Cyprus
 
Cyril Lodowic Burt
English psychologist whose studies of twins were later said to have used fabricated data (1883-1971)
 
Cyril Northcote Parkinson
British historian noted for ridicule of bureaucracies (1909-1993)
 
Cyrus Hall McCormick
United States inventor and manufacturer of a mechanical harvester (1809-1884)
 
Cyrus the Elder
king of Persia and founder of the Persian Empire (circa 600-529 BC)
 
Cyrus the Younger
Persian prince who was defeated in battle by his brother Artaxerxes II (424-401 BC)
 
cytogeneticist
a geneticist who specializes in the cellular components associated with heredity
 
cytologist
a biologist who studies the structure and function of cells
 
czar
a person having great power
 
Czar Alexander III
son of Alexander II who was czar of Russia (1845-1894)
 
Czar Nicholas I
czar of Russia from 1825 to 1855 who led Russia into the Crimean War (1796-1855)
 
czar
a male monarch or emperor (especially of Russia prior to 1917)
 
czarina
the wife or widow of a czar
 
Czech
a native of inhabitant of the Czech Republic
 
Czechoslovakian
a native or inhabitant of the former republic of Czechoslovakia
 
DA
an official prosecutor for a judicial district
 
dabbler
an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
 
dacoit
a member of an armed gang of robbers
 
dad
an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
 
Daedalus
(Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus
 
daemon
an evil supernatural being
 
daemon
a person who is part mortal and part god
 
Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjold
Swedish diplomat who greatly extended the influence of the United Nations in peacekeeping matters (1905-1961)
 
Dagan
god of agriculture and earth; counterpart of Phoenician Dagon
 
Dagda
chief Celtic god of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Angus Og and Brigit
 
Dagon
god of agriculture and the earth; national god of Philistines
 
dairy farmer
the owner or manager of a dairy
 
dairymaid
a woman who works in a dairy
 
dairyman
a man who works in a dairy
 
Dakota
a member of the Siouan people of the northern Mississippi valley; commonly called the Sioux
 
Dale Carnegie
United States educator famous for writing a book about how to win friends and influence people (1888-1955)
 
dalesman
a person who lives in the dales of northern England
 
dallier
someone who wastes time
 
Dalmatian
a native or inhabitant of Dalmatia
 
Dalton Trumbo
United States screenwriter who was blacklisted and imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with congressional investigations of communism in America (1905-1976)
 
Damascene
a native or inhabitant of Damascus
 
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
prolific English writer of detective stories (1890-1976)
 
Dame Alice Ellen Terry
English actress (1847-1928)
 
Dame Barbara Hepworth
British sculptor (1902-1975)
 
Dame Daphne du Maurier
English writer of melodramatic novels (1907-1989)
 
Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell
English poet (1887-1964)
 
Dame Jean Iris Murdoch
British writer (born in Ireland) known primarily for her novels (1919-1999)
 
Dame Joan Sutherland
Australian operatic soprano (born in 1926)
 
Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa
New Zealand operatic soprano (born in 1944)
 
Dame Margot Fonteyn
English dancer who danced with Rudolf Nureyev (born in 1919)
 
Dame Myra Hess
English pianist (1890-1965)
 
Dame Sybil Thorndike
English actress (1882-1976)
 
dame
a woman of refinement
 
Damgalnunna
(Babylonian) earth goddess; consort of Ea and mother of Marduk
 
Damocles
the Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder who (according to legend) was condemned to sit under a naked sword that was suspended by a hair in order to demonstrate to him that being a king was not the happy state Damocles had said it was (4th century BC)
 
damoiselle
a young unmarried woman
 
Damon
the friend of Phintias who pledged his life that Phintias would return (4th century BC)
 
Damon and Pythias
(Greek mythology) according to a Greek legend: when Pythias was sentenced to be executed Damon took his place to allow Pythias to get his affairs in order; when Pythias returned in time to save Damon the king was so impressed that he let them both live
 
dance master
a professional teacher of dancing
 
dancer
a performer who dances professionally
 
dancer
a person who participates in a social gathering arranged for dancing (as a ball)
 
dancing partner
one of a pair of people who dance together
 
Dane
a native or inhabitant of Denmark
 
Daniel
a wise and upright judge
 
Daniel
(Old Testament) a youth who was taken into the court of Nebuchadnezzar and given divine protection when thrown into a den of lions (6th century BC)
 
Daniel Bernoulli
Swiss physicist who contributed to hydrodynamics and mathematical physics (1700-1782)
 
Daniel Boone
an American pioneer and guide and explorer (1734-1820)
 
Daniel Chester French
United States sculptor who created the seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1850-1931)
 
Daniel Defoe
English writer remembered particularly for his novel about Robinson Crusoe (1660-1731)
 
Daniel Garrison Brinton
United States anthropologist who was the first to attempt a systematic classification of Native American languages (1837-1899)
 
Daniel Hudson Burnham
United States architect who designed the first important skyscraper with a skeleton (1846-1912)
 
Daniel Jones
English phonetician (1881-1967)
 
Daniel Morgan
soldier in the American Revolution who defeated the British in the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina (1736-1802)
 
Daniel Ortega Saavedra
Nicaraguan statesman (born in 1945)
 
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
United States politician and educator (1927-2003)
 
Daniel Rutherford
British chemist who isolated nitrogen (1749-1819)
 
Daniel Webster
United States politician and orator (1782-1817)
 
danseur
a male ballet dancer who is the partner of a ballerina
 
Dante Alighieri
an Italian poet famous for writing the Divine Comedy that describes a journey through Hell and purgatory and paradise guided by Virgil and his idealized Beatrice (1265-1321)
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
English poet and painter who was a leader of the Pre-Raphaelites (1828-1882)
 
Danton True Young
United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
 
Danu
Celtic goddess who was the mother of the Tuatha De Danann; identified with the Welsh Don
 
Daphne
(Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo
 
Dardanian
a native of ancient Troy
 
Dardanus
(Greek mythology) founder of Troy
 
daredevil
a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
 
Darius III
king of Persia who was defeated by Alexander the Great; his murder effectively ended the Persian Empire (died in 330 BC)
 
Darius Milhaud
French composer of works that combine jazz and polytonality and Brazilian music (1892-1974)
 
Darius the Great
king of Persia who expanded the Persian Empire and invaded Greece but was defeated at the battle of Marathon (550-486 BC)
 
dark horse
a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly
 
darling
a special loved one
 
darner
a person who mends by darning
 
Darryl Francis Zanuck
United States filmmaker whose works include the first full-length feature film with sound sequences (1902-1979)
 
dart player
someone who plays the game of darts
 
Darwinian
an advocate of Darwinism
 
dastard
a despicable coward
 
date
a participant in a date
 
dauber
an unskilled painter
 
daughter
a female human offspring
 
daughter-in-law
the wife of your son
 
dauphin
formerly, the eldest son of the King of France and direct heir to the throne
 
David
(Old Testament) the 2nd king of the Israelites; as a young shepherd he fought Goliath (a giant Philistine warrior) and killed him by hitting him in the head with a stone flung from a sling; he united Israel with Jerusalem as its capital; many of the Psalms are attributed to David (circa 1000-962 BC)
 
David Alfaro Siqueiros
Mexican painter of murals depicting protest and revolution (1896-1974)
 
David Barnard Steinman
United States civil engineer noted for designing suspension bridges (including the George Washington Bridge) (1886-1960)
 
David Ben Gurion
Israeli statesman (born in Poland) and active Zionist who organized resistance against the British after World War II; prime minister of Israel (1886-1973)
 
David Crockett
United States frontiersman and Tennessee politician who died at the siege of the Alamo (1786-1836)
 
David Garrick
English actor and theater manager who was the foremost Shakespearean actor of his day (1717-1779)
 
David Glasgow Farragut
United States admiral who commanded Union ships during the American Civil War (1801-1870)
 
David Hartley
English philosopher who introduced the theory of the association of ideas (1705-1757)
 
David Herbert Lawrence
English novelist and poet and essayist whose work condemned industrial society and explored sexual relationships (1885-1930)
 
David Hilbert
German mathematician (1862-1943)
 
David Hubel
United States neuroscientist noted for his studies of the neural basis of vision (born in 1926)
 
David Hume
Scottish philosopher skeptical philosophy restricted human knowledge to that which can be perceived by the senses (1711-1776)
 
David John Moore Cornwell
English writer of novels of espionage (born in 1931)
 
David Lewelyn Wark Griffith
United States film maker who was the first to use flashbacks and fade-outs (1875-1948)
 
David Livingstone
Scottish missionary and explorer who discovered the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls (1813-1873)
 
David Mamet
United States playwright (born in 1947)
 
David Oliver Selznick
United States filmmaker noted for his film adaptations of popular novels (1902-1965)
 
David Ricardo
English economist who argued that the laws of supply and demand should operate in a free market (1772-1823)
 
David Riesman Jr.
United States sociologist (1909-2002)
 
David Rittenhouse
United States astronomer said to have built the first telescope made in America; also the first director of the United States Mint (1732-1796)
 
David Roland Smith
United States sculptor (1906-1965)
 
David Sarnoff
United States businessman who pioneered in radio and television broadcasting (1891-1971)
 
dawdler
someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
 
day boarder
a schoolchild at a boarding school who has meals at school but sleeps at home
 
day laborer
a laborer who works by the day; for daily wages
 
dayboy
a day boarder who is a boy
 
daydreamer
someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming
 
daygirl
a day boarder who is a girl
 
deacon
a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
 
deaconess
a woman deacon
 
dead person
someone who is no longer alive
 
deadbeat dad
a father who willfully defaults on his obligation to provide financial support for his offspring
 
deadbeat
someone who fails to meet a financial obligation
 
deadeye
a dead shot
 
deadhead
a nonenterprising person who is not paying his way
 
deaf person
a person with a severe auditory impairment
 
deaf-and-dumb person
a deaf person who is unable to speak
 
dealer
a seller of illicit goods
 
dealer
the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game
 
dealer
the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
 
dean
an administrator in charge of a division of a university or college
 
dean
(Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals
 
Dean Gooderham Acheson
United States statesman who promoted the Marshall Plan and helped establish NATO (1893-1971)
 
dean
a man who is the senior member of a group
 
dear
a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
 
Death
the personification of death
 
deb
a young woman making her debut into society
 
debaser
a person who lowers the quality or character or value (as by adding cheaper metal to coins)
 
debauchee
a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
 
debaucher
someone who assaults others sexually
 
debitor
a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt
 
decadent
a person who has fallen into a decadent state (morally or artistically)
 
Decimus Junius Juvenalis
Roman satirist who denounced the vice and folly of Roman society during the reign of the emperor Domitian (60-140)
 
decipherer
a reader capable of reading and interpreting illegible or obscure text
 
decipherer
the kind of intellectual who converts messages from a code to plain text
 
Decius
Emperor of Rome who was proclaimed emperor against his will; his reign was notable for his severe persecution of Christians (201-251)
 
deckhand
a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor
 
decorator
a person who specializes in interior decoration
 
decorator
someone who decorates
 
decoy
a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
 
deep-sea diver
a diver in the deeper parts of the sea
 
deer hunter
hunter of deer
 
defalcator
someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
 
defaulter
a contestant who forfeits a match
 
defaulter
someone who fails to make a required appearance in court
 
defeatist
someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions
 
defecator
a person who defecates
 
defector
a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)
 
defendant
a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
 
defender
a person who cares for persons or property
 
defender
a fighter who holds out against attack
 
defense attorney
the lawyer representing the defendant
 
defense contractor
a contractor concerned with the development and manufacture of systems of defense
 
defiler
a person or organization that causes pollution of the environment
 
degenerate
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
 
deification
an embodiment of the qualities of a god
 
deipnosophist
someone skilled at informal chitchat
 
deist
a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it
 
deity
any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
 
Delaware
a member of an Algonquian people formerly living in New Jersey and New York and parts of Delaware and Pennsylvania
 
Delawarian
a native or resident of Delaware
 
delayer
a person who delays; to put off until later or cause to be late
 
delegate
a person appointed or elected to represent others
 
Delilah
a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
 
Delilah
(Old Testament) the Philistine mistress of Samson who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength
 
delinquent
a young offender
 
deliverer
a person who gives up or transfers money or goods
 
deliverer
someone employed to make deliveries
 
deliverer
a person who rescues you from harm or danger
 
demagog
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices
 
demander
a person who makes demands
 
Demeter
(Greek mythology) goddess of fertility and protector of marriage in ancient mythology; counterpart of Roman Ceres
 
Demetrius Poliorcetes
son of Antigonus Cyclops and king of Macedonia; he and his father were defeated at the battle of Ipsus (337-283 BC)
 
demimondaine
a female prostitute
 
demiurge
a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe
 
democrat
an advocate of democratic principles
 
Democrat
a member of the Democratic Party
 
Democritus
Greek philosopher who developed an atomistic theory of matter (460-370 BC)
 
Demogorgon
(Greek mythology) a mysterious and terrifying deity of the underworld
 
demographer
a scientist who studies the growth and density of populations and their vital statistics
 
demon
someone extremely diligent or skillful
 
demon
a cruel wicked and inhuman person
 
demoniac
someone who acts as if possessed by a demon
 
demonstrator
a teacher or teacher's assistant who demonstrates the principles that are being taught
 
demonstrator
someone who participates in a public display of group feeling
 
demonstrator
someone who demonstrates an article to a prospective buyer
 
Demosthenes
Athenian statesman and orator (circa 385-322 BC)
 
den mother
a woman who supervises a den of Cub Scouts
 
den mother
someone who plays the role of a den mother
 
denier
one who denies
 
Denis Diderot
French philosopher who was a leading figure of the Enlightenment in France; principal editor of an encyclopedia that disseminated the scientific and philosophical knowledge of the time (1713-1784)
 
denizen
a person who inhabits a particular place
 
Denmark Vesey
United States freed slave and insurrectionist in South Carolina who was involved in planning an uprising of slaves and was hanged (1767-1822)
 
Dennis Gabor
British physicist (born in Hungary) noted for his work on holography (1900-1979)
 
dental assistant
an assistant to a dentist
 
dental hygienist
someone trained to provide preventive dental service (cleaning teeth or taking x-rays)
 
dental practitioner
a person qualified to practice dentistry
 
dental surgeon
a dentist qualified to perform surgical procedures
 
dental technician
someone who makes dental appliances (bridges and dentures)
 
departer
someone who leaves
 
department head
the head of a department
 
dependant
a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
 
deponent
a person who testifies or gives a deposition
 
deportee
a person who is expelled from home or country by authority
 
depositor
a person who has deposited money in a bank or similar institution
 
depreciator
one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
 
depressive
someone suffering psychological depression
 
deputy
a member of the lower chamber of a legislative assembly (such as in France)
 
deputy
someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies
 
deputy
an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
 
deputy
a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others
 
derelict
a person without a home, job, or property
 
dermatologist
a doctor who specializes in the physiology and pathology of the skin
 
dervish
an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
 
descendant
a person considered as descended from some ancestor
 
descender
someone who descends
 
Desiderius Erasmus
Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
 
designated driver
the member of a party who is designated to refrain from alcohol and so is sober when it is time to drive home
 
designated hitter
a ballplayer who is designated to bat in place of the pitcher
 
designer
someone who specializes in graphic design
 
designer
a person who specializes in interior design
 
designer
a person who devises plots or intrigues
 
desk clerk
a hotel receptionist
 
desk officer
a military officer who is not assigned to active duty
 
desk sergeant
the police sergeant on duty in a police station
 
Desmond Tutu
South African prelate and leader of the antiapartheid struggle (born in 1931)
 
desperado
a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)
 
desperate
a person who is frightened and in need of help
 
despoiler
someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
 
destiny
the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)
 
destroyer
a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to
 
detainee
some held in custody
 
detective
an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
 
detective
a police officer who investigates crimes
 
determinist
anyone who submits to the belief that they are powerless to change their destiny
 
deus ex machina
any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty
 
developer
someone who develops real estate (especially someone who prepares a site for residential or commercial use)
 
Devi
Hindu mother goddess; supreme power in the universe; wife or embodiment of the female energy of Siva having both beneficent and malevolent forms or aspects
 
deviationist
an ideological defector from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
 
devil worshiper
someone who worships devils
 
devil's advocate
someone who takes the worse side just for the sake of argument
 
devil
a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)
 
devisee
someone to whom property (especially realty) is devised by will
 
devisor
someone who devises real property in a will
 
devourer
someone who eats greedily or voraciously
 
DeWitt Clinton
United States politician who as governor of New York supported the project to build the Erie Canal (1769-1828)
 
Dharma
basic principles of the cosmos; also: an ancient sage in Hindu mythology worshipped as a god by some lower castes
 
Dhegiha
any member of a Siouan people speaking one of the Dhegiha languages
 
diabetic
someone who has diabetes
 
diagnostician
a doctor who specializes in medical diagnosis
 
dialectician
a logician skilled in dialectic
 
Diana
(Roman mythology) virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; counterpart of Greek Artemis
 
diarist
someone who keeps a diary or journal
 
dibbuk
(Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
 
dichromat
a person with any of the various forms of dichromacy
 
Dick Turpin
English highwayman (1706-1739)
 
dick
someone who is a detective
 
dictator
a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine
 
dictator
a ruler who is unconstrained by law
 
Dido
(Roman mythology) a princess of Tyre who was the founder and queen of Carthage; Virgil tells of her suicide when she was abandoned by Aeneas
 
Diego Rivera
socialist Mexican painter of murals (1886-1957)
 
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez
Spanish painter (1599-1660)
 
Diegueno
a member of a North American Indian people of southern California
 
diehard
one who adheres to traditional views
 
diemaker
someone who makes dies
 
dieter
a person who diets
 
dietician
a specialist in the study of diet and nutrition
 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
German Lutheran theologian and pastor whose works concern Christianity in the modern world; an active opponent of Nazism, he was arrested and sent to Buchenwald and later executed (1906-1945)
 
differentiator
a person who (or that which) differentiates
 
digger
a laborer who digs
 
dimwit
a stupid incompetent person
 
diner
a person eating a meal (especially in a restaurant)
 
dingbat
a silly empty-headed person
 
dining companion
someone you dine with
 
dining-room attendant
someone employed to provide service in a dining room
 
Dino Paul Crocetti
United States singer (1917-1995)
 
diocesan
a bishop having jurisdiction over a diocese
 
Diogenes
an ancient Greek philosopher and Cynic who rejected social conventions (circa 400-325 BC)
 
Dionysius the Elder
the tyrant of Syracuse who fought the Carthaginians (430-367 BC)
 
Dionysus
(Greek mythology) god of wine and fertility and drama; the Greek name of Bacchus
 
Diophantus
Greek mathematician who was the first to try to develop an algebraic notation (3rd century)
 
diplomat
a person who deals tactfully with others
 
diplomat
an official engaged in international negotiations
 
diplomate
medical specialist whose competence has been certified by a diploma granted by an appropriate professional group
 
diplomatic minister
a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador
 
director
member of a board of directors
 
Director of Central Intelligence
the head of the United States Intelligence Community and director of the Central Intelligence Agency
 
director of research
a supervisor in a research center
 
director
the person who directs the making of a film
 
director
someone who controls resources and expenditures
 
director
someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show
 
dirt ball
a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
 
dirty old man
a middle-aged man with lecherous inclinations
 
Dis Pater
(Roman mythology) god of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Hades
 
disagreeable person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
 
disagreeable woman
a woman who is an unpleasant person
 
disarmer
someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
 
disburser
someone who spends money to purchase goods or services
 
disciplinarian
someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
 
discoverer
someone who is the first to observe something
 
discussant
a participant in a formal discussion
 
diseased person
a person suffering from an illness
 
disembodied spirit
any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
 
disentangler
a person who removes tangles; someone who takes something out of a tangled state
 
dishwasher
someone who washes dishes
 
disinfestation officer
a workman employed to destroy or drive away vermin
 
dispatch rider
a messenger who carries military dispatches (usually on a motorcycle)
 
dispatcher
employee of a transportation company who controls the departures of vehicles according to weather conditions and in the interest of efficient service
 
dispatcher
the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
 
dispenser
a person who dispenses
 
disreputable person
someone lacking public esteem
 
dissembler
a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
 
disseminator
someone who spreads the news
 
distiller
someone who distills alcoholic liquors
 
distortionist
a painter who introduces distortions
 
distributer
someone who markets merchandise
 
district manager
a manager who supervises the sales activity for a district
 
disturber
a troubler who interrupts or interferes with peace and quiet; someone who causes disorder and commotion
 
ditch digger
a laborer who digs ditches
 
diva
a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star
 
diver
someone who works underwater
 
diver
someone who dives (into water)
 
divergent thinker
a thinker who moves away from the problem as stated and often has novel ideas and solutions
 
diversionist
someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks
 
divider
a person who separates something into parts or groups
 
divider
a taxonomist who classifies organisms into many groups on the basis of relatively minor characteristics
 
divine messenger
a messenger from God
 
diviner
someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers
 
divorce lawyer
a lawyer specializing in actions for divorce or annulment
 
divorced man
a man who is divorced from (or separated from) his wife
 
divorcee
a divorced woman or a woman who is separated from her husband
 
dizygotic twin
either of two twins who developed from two separate fertilized eggs
 
DJ
a person who announces and plays popular recorded music
 
Djiboutian
a native or inhabitant of Djibouti
 
djinn
(Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
 
Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich
Russian composer best known for his fifteen symphonies (1906-1975)
 
Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleyev
Russian chemist who developed a periodic table of the chemical elements and predicted the discovery of several new elements (1834-1907)
 
do-gooder
someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
 
docent
a teacher at some universities
 
dock worker
a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port
 
Doctor of the Church
(Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching
 
doctrinaire
a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
 
dodderer
one who dodders from old age and weakness
 
dodger
a shifty deceptive person
 
dodo
someone whose style is out of fashion
 
dog
informal term for a man
 
dog catcher
an employee of a municipal pound who is hired to round up stray dogs and cats
 
dog in the manger
someone who prevents you from enjoying something that they themselves have no need for
 
dog
a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman
 
doge
formerly the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa
 
dogfighter
a fighter pilot who engages in an aerial dogfights
 
dogsbody
a worker who has to do all the unpleasant or boring jobs that no one else wants to do
 
dolichocephalic
an adult with a long narrow head
 
dolt
a person who is not very bright
 
Domenikos Theotocopoulos
Spanish painter (born in Greece) remembered for his religious works characterized by elongated human forms and dramatic use of color (1541-1614)
 
domestic partner
a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship
 
domestic prelate
(Roman Catholic Church) a priest who is an honorary member of the papal household
 
domestic
a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
 
dominatrix
a dominating woman (especially one who plays that role in a sadomasochistic sexual relationship)
 
domine
a clergyman; especially a settled minister or parson
 
Domingo de Guzman
(Roman Catholic Church) Spanish priest who founded an order whose members became known as Dominicans or Black Friars (circa 1170-1221)
 
Dominican
a native or inhabitant of the Dominican Republic
 
Don
a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
 
Don
Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu
 
Don Juan
any successful womanizer (after the legendary profligate Spanish nobleman)
 
Don Juan
a legendary Spanish nobleman and philanderer who became the hero of many poems and plays and operas
 
Don Luchino Visconti Conte di Modrone
Italian filmmaker (1906-1976)
 
Don Quixote
any impractical idealist (after Cervantes' hero)
 
Don Quixote
the hero of a romance by Cervantes; chivalrous but impractical
 
don't-know
a person who responds `I don't know' in a public opinion poll
 
don
the head of an organized crime family
 
don
teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
 
Donald Arthur Glaser
United States physicist who invented the bubble chamber to study subatomic particles (born in 1926)
 
Donald Barthelme
United States author of sometimes surrealistic stories (1931-1989)
 
Donald Robert Perry Marquis
humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)
 
Donar
the Teutonic god of thunder; counterpart of Norse Thor
 
Donatist
an adherent of Donatism
 
Donato d'Agnolo Bramante
great Italian architect of the High Renaissance in Italy (1444-1514)
 
Donato di Betto Bardi
Florentine sculptor famous for his lifelike sculptures (1386-1466)
 
donna
an Italian woman of rank
 
donor
(medicine) someone who gives blood or tissue or an organ to be used in another person (the host)
 
door guard
someone who guards an entrance
 
doorkeeper
the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church
 
doorkeeper
an official stationed at the entrance of a courtroom or legislative chamber
 
doormat
a person who is physically weak and ineffectual
 
doppelganger
a ghostly double of a living person that haunts its living counterpart
 
Dorian
a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
 
Doris
(Greek mythology) wife of Nereus and mother of the Nereids
 
Doris May Lessing
English author of novels and short stories who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (born in 1919)
 
dork
a dull stupid fatuous person
 
Dorothea Lange
United States photographer remembered for her portraits of rural workers during the Depression (1895-1965)
 
Dorothea Lynde Dix
United States social reformer who pioneered in the reform of prisons and in the treatment of the mentally ill; superintended women army nurses during the American Civil War (1802-1887)
 
Dorothy Leigh Sayers
English writer of detective fiction (1893-1957)
 
Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin
English chemist (born in Egypt) who used crystallography to study the structure of organic compounds (1910-1994)
 
Dorothy Rothschild Parker
United States writer noted for her sharp wit (1893-1967)
 
dosser
someone who sleeps in any convenient place
 
dotard
an oldster in his dotage; someone whose age has impaired his intellect
 
double agent
a spy who works for two mutually antagonistic countries
 
double dipper
someone who draws two incomes from the government (usually by combining a salary and a pension)
 
double
someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)
 
double
a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
 
doubter
someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
 
doubting Thomas
someone who demands physical evidence in order to be convinced (especially when this demand is out of place)
 
doughboy
an American infantryman in World War I
 
Douglas Elton Fairbanks
United States film actor noted for his swashbuckling roles (1883-1939)
 
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
United States film actor; son of Douglas Elton Fairbanks, (1909-2000)
 
Douglas MacArthur
United States general who served as chief of staff and commanded Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II; he accepted the surrender of Japan (1880-1964)
 
Douglas Moore
United States composer of works noted for their use of the American vernacular (1893-1969)
 
dove
someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations
 
dowager
a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
 
Down Easter
a native or resident of Maine
 
down-and-out
a person who is destitute
 
dowser
someone who uses a divining rod to find underground water
 
doyenne
a woman who is the senior member of a group
 
DP
a person forced to flee from home or country
 
Dr.
a licensed medical practitioner
 
Dr.
a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution
 
Draco
Athenian lawmaker whose code of laws prescribed death for almost every offense (circa 7th century BC)
 
Dracula
fictional vampire in a gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker
 
draft dodger
someone who is drafted and illegally refuses to serve
 
drafter
a writer of a draft
 
draftsman
a skilled worker who draws plans of buildings or machines
 
draftsman
an artist skilled at drawing
 
dragger
someone who pulls or tugs or drags in an effort to move something
 
dragoman
an interpreter and guide in the Near East; in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries a translator of European languages for the Turkish and Arab authorities and most dragomans were Greek (many reached high positions in the government)
 
dragon
a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
 
dragon
a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman
 
dragoon
a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
 
drama critic
a critic of theatrical performances
 
dramatist
someone who writes plays
 
draper
a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)
 
Dravidian
a member of one of the aboriginal inhabitants of India
 
drawee
the person (or bank) who is expected to pay a check or draft when it is presented for payment
 
drawer
the person who writes a check or draft instructing the drawee to pay someone else
 
drawler
someone who speaks with a drawl
 
dreamer
someone who is dreaming
 
dreamer
a person who escapes into a world of fantasy
 
dreamer
someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
 
Dred Scott
United States slave who sued for liberty after living in a non-slave state; caused the Supreme Court to declare the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional (1795?-1858)
 
dresser
a person who dresses in a particular way
 
dressmaker's model
someone who models dresses
 
dressmaker
someone who makes or mends dresses
 
dribbler
a basketball player who is dribbling the ball to advance it
 
dribbler
a person who dribbles
 
drill instructor
a noncommissioned officer who instructs recruits in military marching and discipline
 
drinker
a person who drinks liquids
 
drinker
a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
 
driveller
someone whose talk is trivial drivel
 
driver
the operator of a motor vehicle
 
driver
a golfer who hits the golf ball with a driver
 
driver
someone who drives animals that pull a vehicle
 
dropkicker
a football kicker who drops the ball and kicks it just as it reaches the ground
 
dropout
someone who quits school before graduation
 
dropout
someone who withdraws from a social group or environment
 
drover
someone who drives a herd
 
drudge
a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
 
drudge
one who works hard at boring tasks
 
drug addict
a narcotics addict
 
drug baron
a person who controls an organization dealing in illegal drugs
 
drug dealer
an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs
 
drug user
a person who takes drugs
 
Druid
a pre-Christian priest among the Celts of ancient Gaul and Britain and Ireland
 
drum major
the leader of a marching band or drum corps
 
drum majorette
a female drum major
 
drum majorette
a female baton twirler who accompanies a marching band
 
drumbeater
a fervent and even militant proponent of something
 
drummer
someone who plays a drum
 
drunk
someone who is intoxicated
 
drunk
a chronic drinker
 
drunk-and-disorderly
someone arrested on the charge of being drunk and disorderly
 
Druze
an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God
 
dry nurse
a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant
 
dry
a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
 
dryad
a deity or nymph of the woods
 
dualist
an adherent of dualism
 
Dubliner
a resident of Dublin
 
Duc d'Elchingen
French marshal in the Napoleonic Wars (1769-1815)
 
duce
leader
 
duchess
the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right
 
Duchess of Ferrara
Italian noblewoman and patron of the arts (1480-1519)
 
Duchesse de Valentinois
French noblewoman who was the mistress of Henry II; she had more influence over him than did his wife Catherine de Medicis (1499-1566)
 
duck hunter
hunter of ducks
 
dud
someone who is unsuccessful
 
Dudley Stuart John Moore
English actor and comedian who appeared on television and in films (born in 1935)
 
dueler
a person who fights duels
 
duenna
a woman chaperon
 
duffer
an incompetent or clumsy person
 
Dugald Stewart
Scottish philosopher and follower of Thomas Reid (1753-1828)
 
duke
a British peer of the highest rank
 
duke
a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank
 
Duke of Edinburgh
Englishman and husband of Elizabeth II (born 1921)
 
Duke of Lancaster
the fourth son of Edward III who was the effective ruler of England during the close of his father's reign and during the minority of Richard II; his son was Henry Bolingbroke (1340-1399)
 
Duke of Windsor
King of England and Ireland in 1936; his marriage to Wallis Warfield Simpson created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication (1894-1972)
 
dulcinea
a woman who is a man's sweetheart
 
dummy
a person who does not talk
 
Duncan James Corrow Grant
Scottish painter; cousin of Lytton Strachey and member of the Bloomsbury Group (1885-1978)
 
Dunkard
an adherent of Baptistic doctrines (who practice baptism by immersion)
 
dunker
a basketball player who is able to make dunk shots
 
dunker
an eater who dips food into a liquid before eating it
 
dupe
a person who is tricked or swindled
 
Durga
Hindu goddess of war; a malevolent aspect of Devi
 
Dustin Hoffman
versatile United States film actor (born in 1937)
 
dustman
someone employed to collect and dispose of refuse
 
Dutch people
the people of the Netherlands
 
Dutch uncle
a counselor who admonishes frankly and sternly
 
dwarf
a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
 
dwarf
a person who is markedly small
 
dweeb
an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
 
Dwight David Eisenhower
United States general who supervised the invasion of Normandy and the defeat of Nazi Germany; 34th President of the United States (1890-1961)
 
Dwight Filley Davis
United States tennis player who donated the Davis Cup for international team tennis competition (1879-1945)
 
Dwight Lyman Moody
United States evangelist (1837-1899)
 
Dyaus-pitar
Hindu god of the sky
 
dyer
someone whose job is to dye cloth
 
Dylan
Celtic god of the waves; son of Arianrhod
 
Dylan Marlais Thomas
Welsh poet (1914-1953)
 
dynamiter
a person who uses dynamite in a revolutionary cause
 
dynast
a hereditary ruler
 
dyslectic
a person who has dyslexia
 
dyspeptic
a person suffering from indigestion
 
E. G. Marshall
United States actor (1914-1998)
 
Ea
the Babylonian god of wisdom; son of Apsu and father of Marduk; counterpart of the Sumerian Enki; as one of the supreme triad including Anu and Bel he was assigned control of the watery element
 
Eadwig
King of England who was renounced by Northumbria in favor of his brother Edgar (died in 959)
 
Eagle Scout
a Boy Scout who has earned many merit badges
 
Eamon de Valera
Irish statesman (born in the United States); as president of the Irish Free State he was responsible for the new constitution of 1937 that created the state of Eire (1882-1975)
 
ear doctor
a physician who specializes in the ear and its diseases
 
earl
a British peer ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
 
Earl Marshal
an officer of the English peerage who organizes royal processions and other ceremonies
 
Earl of Leicester
an English nobleman who led the baronial rebellion against Henry III (1208-1265)
 
Earl of Warwick
English statesman; during the War of the Roses he fought first for the house of York and secured the throne for Edward IV and then changed sides to fight for the house of Lancaster and secured the throne for Henry VI (1428-1471)
 
Earl Warren
United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1891-1974)
 
early bird
a person who gets up very early in the morning
 
early bird
a person who arrives early before others do
 
earner
someone who earn wages in return for their labor
 
earth god
a god of fertility and vegetation
 
earth goddess
a goddess of fertility and vegetation
 
earth mother
the earth conceived of as the female principle of fertility
 
earthling
an inhabitant of the earth
 
East German
a native or inhabitant of the former republic of East Germany
 
East Indian
a native or inhabitant of the East Indies
 
East-sider
a resident of the east side of Manhattan in New York City
 
Eastern Sioux
a member of the eastern branch of the Sioux
 
easterner
an inhabitant of an eastern area; especially of the U.S.
 
easy mark
a defenseless victim
 
eater
someone who consumes food for nourishment
 
eavesdropper
a secret listener to private conversations
 
eblis
(Islam) the principal evil jinni in Islamic mythology
 
eccentric
a person with an unusual or odd personality
 
ecdysiast
a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
 
Echo
(Greek mythology) a nymph who was spurned by Narcissus and pined away until only her voice remained
 
eclectic
someone who selects according to the eclectic method
 
ecologist
a biologist who studies the relation between organisms and their environment
 
econometrician
an economist who uses statistical and mathematical methods
 
economic expert
an expert in the science of economics
 
economic libertarian
a libertarian who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state
 
economiser
a frugal person who limits spending and avoids waste
 
ectomorph
a person with a thin body
 
Ecuadorian
a native or inhabitant of Ecuador
 
Eddy Merckx
Belgian racing cyclist who won the Tour de France five times (born in 1945)
 
Edgar
the younger brother of Edwy who became king of Northumbria when it renounced Edwy; on Edwy's death he succeeded to the throne of England (944-975)
 
Edgar Albert Guest
United States journalist (born in England) noted for his syndicated homey verse (1881-1959)
 
Edgar Allan Poe
United States writer and poet (1809-1849)
 
Edgar Douglas Adrian
English physiologist who conducted research into the function of neurons; 1st baron of Cambridge (1889-1997)
 
Edgar Lee Masters
United States poet (1869-1950)
 
Edgar Rice Burroughs
United States novelist and author of the Tarzan stories (1875-1950)
 
Edgar Varese
United States composer (born in France) whose music combines dissonance with complex rhythms and the use of electronic techniques (1883-1965)
 
Edgard Lawrence Doctorow
United States novelist (born in 1931)
 
edger
a person who puts finishing edges on a garment
 
Edith Giovanna Gassion
French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
 
Edith Louisa Cavell
English nurse who remained in Brussels after the German occupation in order to help Allied prisoners escape; was caught and executed by the Germans (1865-1915)
 
Edith Newbold Jones Wharton
United States novelist (1862-1937)
 
editor
a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine)
 
Edmond Hoyle
English writer on card games (1672-1769)
 
Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt
French writer who collaborated with his brother Jules de Goncourt on many books and who in his will established the Prix Goncourt (1822-1896)
 
Edmond Rostand
French dramatist and poet whose play immortalized Cyrano de Bergerac (1868-1918)
 
Edmund Burke
British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
 
Edmund Cartwright
English clergyman who invented the power loom (1743-1823)
 
Edmund Charles Edouard Genet
French diplomat who in 1793 tried to draw the United States into the war between France and England (1763-1834)
 
Edmund Halley
English astronomer who used Newton's laws of motion to predict the period of a comet (1656-1742)
 
Edmund Husserl
German philosopher who developed phenomenology (1859-1938)
 
Edmund I
king of the English who succeeded Athelstan; he drove out the Danes and made peace with Scotland (921-946)
 
Edmund Ironside
king of the English who led resistance to Canute but was defeated and forced to divide the kingdom with Canute (980-1016)
 
Edmund John Millington Synge
Irish poet and playwright whose plays are based on rural Irish life (1871-1909)
 
Edmund Kean
English actor noted for his portrayals of Shakespeare's great tragic characters (1789-1833)
 
Edmund Malone
English scholar remembered for his chronology of Shakespeare's plays and his editions of Shakespeare and Dryden (1741-1812)
 
Edmund Spenser
English poet who wrote an allegorical romance celebrating Elizabeth I in the Spenserian stanza (1552-1599)
 
Edmund Wilson
United States literary critic (1895-1972)
 
Edna Ferber
United States novelist; author of several popular novels (1887-1968)
 
Edna O'Brien
Irish writer (born in 1932)
 
Edna Saint Vincent Millay
United States poet (1892-1950)
 
Edo
a member of a west African people living in the tropical forest region of southern Nigeria
 
Edouard Manet
French painter whose work influenced the impressionists (1832-1883)
 
Edsel Bryant Ford
son of Henry Ford (1893-1943)
 
Eduard Buchner
German organic chemist who studied alcoholic fermentation and discovered zymase (1860-1917)
 
educatee
a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
 
educationalist
a specialist in the theory of education
 
educator
someone who educates young people
 
Edvard Hagerup Grieg
Norwegian composer whose work was often inspired by Norwegian folk music (1843-1907)
 
Edvard Munch
Norwegian painter (1863-1944)
 
Edward Antony Richard Louis
third son of Elizabeth II (born in 1964)
 
Edward Bouverie Pusey
English theologian who (with John Henry Newman and John Keble) founded the Oxford movement (1800-1882)
 
Edward Calvin Kendall
United States biochemist who discovered cortisone (1886-1972)
 
Edward Douglas White Jr.
United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845-1921)
 
Edward Durell Stone
United States architect (1902-1978)
 
Edward Estlin Cummings
United States writer noted for his typographically eccentric poetry (1894-1962)
 
Edward Everett Hale
prolific United States writer (1822-1909)
 
Edward Fitzgerald
English poet remembered primarily for his free translation of the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1809-1883)
 
Edward Franklin Albeen
United States dramatist (1928-)
 
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton
English writer of historical romances (1803-1873)
 
Edward Gibbon
English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)
 
Edward Goldenberg Robinson
United States film actor noted for playing gangster roles (1893-1973)
 
Edward Henry Harriman
United States railway tycoon (1848-1909)
 
Edward I
King of England from 1272 to 1307; conquered Wales (1239-1307)
 
Edward II
King of England from 1307 to 1327 and son of Edward I; was defeated at Bannockburn by the Scots led by Robert the Bruce; was deposed and died in prison (1284-1327)
 
Edward III
son of Edward II and King of England from 1327-1377; his claim to the French throne provoked the Hundred Years' War; his reign was marked by an epidemic of the Black Plague and by the emergence of the House of Commons as the powerful arm of British Parliament (1312-1377)
 
Edward IV
King of England from 1461 to 1470 and from 1471 to 1483; was dethroned in 1470 but regained the throne in 1471 by his victory at the battle of Tewkesbury (1442-1483)
 
Edward James Hughes
English poet (born in 1930)
 
Edward James Muggeridge
United States motion-picture pioneer remembered for his pictures of running horses taken with a series of still cameras (born in England) (1830-1904)
 
Edward Jean Steichen
United States photographer who pioneered artistic photography (1879-1973)
 
Edward Jenner
English physician who pioneered vaccination; Jenner inoculated people with small amounts of cowpox to prevent them from getting smallpox (1749-1823)
 
Edward Kennedy Ellington
United States jazz composer and piano player and bandleader (1899-1974)
 
Edward Lawrie Tatum
United States biochemist who discovered how genes act by regulating definite chemical events (1909-1975)
 
Edward Lear
British artist and writer of nonsense verse (1812-1888)
 
Edward Lee Thorndike
United States educational psychologist (1874-1949)
 
Edward MacDowell
United States composer best remembered as a composer of works for the piano (1860-1908)
 
Edward Osborne Wilson
United States entomologist who has generalized from social insects to other animals including humans (born in 1929)
 
Edward Roscoe Murrow
United States broadcast journalist remembered for his reports from London during World War II (1908-1965)
 
Edward Sapir
anthropologist and linguist; studied languages of North American Indians (1884-1939)
 
Edward Teller
United States physicist (born in Hungary) who worked on the first atom bomb and the first hydrogen bomb (1908-2003)
 
Edward Thatch
an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
 
Edward the Elder
king of Wessex whose military success against the Danes made it possible for his son Athelstan to become the first king of all England (870-924)
 
Edward V
King of England who was crowned at the age of 13 on the death of his father Edward IV but was immediately confined to the Tower of London where he and his younger brother were murdered (1470-1483)
 
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
the most decorated United States combat pilot in World War I (1890-1973)
 
Edward VI
King of England and Ireland from 1547 to 1553; son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour; died of tuberculosis (1537-1553)
 
Edward Vincent Sullivan
United States host on a well known television variety show (1902-1974)
 
Edward Weston
United States photographer(1886-1958)
 
Edward Williams Morley
United States chemist and physicist who collaborated with Michelson in the Michelson-Morley experiment (1838-1923)
 
Edward Winslow
English colonial administrator who traveled to America on the Mayflower and served as the first governor of the Plymouth Colony (1595-1655)
 
Edward Wyllis Scripps
United States newspaper publisher who founded an important press association; half-brother of James Edmund Scripps (1854-1926)
 
Edward Young
English poet (1683-1765)
 
Edwardian
someone belonging to (or as if belonging to) the era of Edward VII
 
Edwin
king of Northumbria who was converted to Christianity (585-633)
 
Edwin Arlington Robinson
United States poet; author of narrative verse (1869-1935)
 
Edwin DuBois Hayward
United States writer (1885-1940)
 
Edwin Herbert Land
United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process (1909-1991)
 
Edwin Powell Hubble
United States astronomer who discovered that (as the universe expands) the speed with which nebulae recede increases with their distance from the observer (1889-1953)
 
Eero Saarinen
United States architect (born in Finland) (1910-1961)
 
effecter
one who brings about a result or event; one who accomplishes a purpose
 
effendi
a former Turkish term of respect; especially for government officials
 
efficiency engineer
an expert in increasing the efficient use of machines and personnel
 
Efrem Zimbalist
United States violinist (born in Russia) (1889-1985)
 
egalitarian
a person who believes in the equality of all people
 
Egbert
king of Wessex whose military victories made Wessex the most powerful kingdom in England (died in 839)
 
egghead
an intellectual; a very studious and academic person
 
egocentric
a self-centered person with little regard for others
 
egoist
a conceited and self-centered person
 
egomaniac
an abnormally egotistical person
 
Egyptian
a native or inhabitant of Egypt
 
Egyptian deity
a deity worshipped by the ancient Egyptians
 
Egyptologist
an archeologist who specializes in Egyptology
 
Eileen Farrell
United States operatic soprano noted for the clarity and power of her voice (1920-2002)
 
Einstein
someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
 
ejaculator
a speaker who utters a sudden exclamation
 
ejaculator
a man who ejaculates semen
 
ejector
a person who ousts or supplants someone else
 
El Cid
the hero of a Spanish epic poem from the 12th century
 
El Libertador
Venezuelan statesman who led the revolt of South American colonies against Spanish rule; founded Bolivia in 1825 (1783-1830)
 
El Nino
the Christ child
 
Elamite
a member of an ancient warlike people living in Elam east of Babylonia as early as 3000 BC
 
elder
any of various church officers
 
elder hand
the card player on the dealer's left
 
elder statesman
an elderly statesman whose advice is sought be government leaders
 
elder statesman
any influential person whose advice is highly respected
 
elder
a person who is older than you are
 
eldest
the offspring who came first in the order of birth
 
Eleanor Gwynne
English comedienne and mistress of Charles II (1650-1687)
 
Eleanor of Aquitaine
queen of France as the wife of Louis VII; that marriage was annulled in 1152 and she then married Henry II and became Queen of England (1122-1204)
 
elected official
official who won the office in a free election
 
Elector
any of the German princes who were entitled to vote in the election of new emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
 
elector
a citizen who has a legal right to vote
 
Electra
(Greek mythology) the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; persuaded her brother (Orestes) to avenge Agamemnon's death by helping her to kill Clytemnestra and her lover (Aegisthus)
 
electrical engineer
a person trained in practical applications of the theory of electricity
 
electrician
a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines
 
electrocutioner
an executioner who uses electricity to kill the condemned person
 
electrologist
someone skilled in the use of electricity to remove moles or warts or hair roots
 
electroplater
a plater who uses electrolysis
 
electrotherapist
someone who specializes in the treatment of disease by electricity
 
elegist
the author of a mournful poem lamenting the dead
 
Eleonora Duse
Italian actress best known for her performances in tragic roles (1858-1924)
 
elevator boy
a man employed to operate an elevator
 
elevator girl
a girl employed to operate an elevator
 
elevator operator
an operator of an elevator
 
Eli Whitney
United States inventor of the mechanical cotton gin (1765-1825)
 
Elia Kazanjoglous
United States stage and screen director (born in Turkey) and believer in method acting (1909-2003)
 
Elias Canetti
English writer born in Germany (1905-1994)
 
Elias Howe
United States inventor who built early sewing machines and won suits for patent infringement against other manufacturers (including Isaac M. Singer) (1819-1867)
 
Eliel Saarinen
Finnish architect and city planner who moved to the United States in 1923; father of Eero Saarinen (1873-1950)
 
Eliezer Wiesel
United States writer (born in Romania) who survived Nazi concentration camps and is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust (born in 1928)
 
Elihu Thomson
United States electrical engineer (born in England) who in 1892 formed a company with Thomas Edison (1853-1937)
 
Elihu Yale
English philanthropist who made contributions to a college in Connecticut that was renamed in his honor (1649-1721)
 
Elijah
a Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament who opposed the worship of idols; he was persecuted for rebuking Ahab and Jezebel (king and queen of Israel); he was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire (circa 9th century BC)
 
Elijah Muhammad
leader of Black Muslims who campaigned for independence for Black Americans (1897-1975)
 
Elinor Morton Hoyt Wylie
United States poet (1885-1928)
 
Elisha Graves Otis
United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)
 
elitist
someone who believes in rule by an elite group
 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
English poet best remembered for love sonnets written to her husband Robert Browning (1806-1861)
 
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
United States suffragist and feminist; called for reform of the practices that perpetuated sexual inequality (1815-1902)
 
Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson Gaskell
English writer who is remembered for her biography of Charlotte Bronte (1810-1865)
 
Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman
muckraking United States journalist who exposed bad conditions in mental institutions (1867-1922)
 
Elizabeth I
Queen of England from 1558 to 1603; daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; she succeeded Mary I (who was a Catholic) and restored Protestantism to England; during her reign Mary Queen of Scots was executed and the Spanish Armada was defeated; her reign was marked by prosperity and literary genius (1533-1603)
 
Elizabeth II
daughter of George VI who became the Queen of England and Northern Ireland in 1952 on the death of her father (1926-)
 
Elizabeth Merriwether Gilmer
United States journalist who wrote a syndicated column of advice to the lovelorn (1870-1951)
 
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody
educator who founded the first kindergarten in the United States (1804-1894)
 
Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
Scottish writer and sister of Richard Haldane and John Haldane (1862-1937)
 
Elizabeth Taylor
United States film actress (born in England) who was a childhood star; as an adult she often co-starred with Richard Burton (born in 1932)
 
Elizabethan
a person who lived during the reign of Elizabeth I
 
Ella Fitzgerald
United States scat singer (1917-1996)
 
Ellen Price Wood
English writer of novels about murders and thefts and forgeries (1814-1887)
 
Elli
(Norse mythology) goddess of old age who defeated Thor in a wrestling match
 
Elmer Ambrose Sperry
United States engineer and inventor of the gyrocompass (1860-1930)
 
Elmer Leopold Rice
United States playwright (1892-1967)
 
Elmore John Leonard
United States writer of thrillers (born in 1925)
 
elocutionist
a public speaker trained in voice production and gesture and delivery
 
Elsa Schiaparelli
fashion designer born in Italy who was noted for her use of synthetic materials and brilliant colors (1896-1973)
 
Elvis Aron Presley
United States rock singer whose many hit records and flamboyant style greatly influenced American popular music (1935-1977)
 
Elwyn Brooks White
United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)
 
Ely Culbertson
United States authority on contract bridge whose books helped to popularize the game (1891-1955)
 
emancipator
someone who frees others from bondage
 
Emanuel Swedenborg
Swedish theologian (1688-1772)
 
embalmer
a mortician who treats corpses with preservatives
 
embroiderer
someone who ornaments with needlework
 
embroideress
a woman embroiderer
 
embryologist
a physician who specializes in embryology
 
emcee
a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
 
emeritus
a professor or minister who is retired from assigned duties
 
emigrant
someone who leaves one country to settle in another
 
Emil Hermann Fischer
German chemist noted for work on synthetic sugars and the purines (1852-1919)
 
Emil Klaus Julius Fuchs
British physicist who was born in Germany and fled Nazi persecution; in the 1940s he passed secret information to the USSR about the development of the atom bomb in the United States (1911-1988)
 
Emile
the boy whose upbringing was described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
 
Emile Coue
French psychotherapist who claimed that if one imagined one was getting better, one would get better (1857-1926)
 
Emile Durkheim
French sociologist and first professor of sociology at the Sorbonne (1858-1917)
 
Emile Gaboriau
French writer considered by some to be a founder of the detective novel (1832-1873)
 
Emile Zola
French novelist and critic; defender of Dreyfus (1840-1902)
 
Emiliano Zapata
Mexican revolutionary who led a revolt for agrarian reforms (1879-1919)
 
Emilie Charlotte le Breton
British actress and mistress of the prince who later became Edward VII (1853-1929)
 
Emily Dickinson
United States poet noted for her mystical and unrhymed poems (1830-1886)
 
Emily Jane Bronte
English novelist; one of three Bronte sisters (1818-1848)
 
Emily Price Post
United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)
 
eminence grise
(French) a person who exercises power or influence in certain areas without holding an official position
 
emissary
someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
 
Emma Goldman
United States anarchist (born in Russia) who opposed conscription; was deported to the Soviet Union in 1919 (1869-1940)
 
Emma Hart Willard
United States educator who was an early campaigner for higher education for women (1787-1870)
 
Emmett Kelly
United States circus clown (1898-1979)
 
Emmy Noether
German mathematician (1882-1935)
 
emotional person
a person subject to strong states of emotion
 
Empedocles
Greek philosopher who taught that all matter is composed of particles of fire and water and air and earth (fifth century BC)
 
emperor
the male ruler of an empire
 
Emperor Francis II
the last Holy Roman Emperor (1768-1835)
 
Emperor of Rome
sovereign of the Roman Empire
 
empiricist
a philosopher who subscribes to empiricism
 
employable
a person who is qualified and ready to work
 
employee
a worker who is hired to perform a job
 
employer
a person or firm that employs workers
 
employment agent
someone who runs an employment agency
 
empress
a woman emperor or the wife of an emperor
 
empty nester
a parent whose children have grown up and left home
 
En-lil
god of the air and king of the Sumerian gods
 
enate
one related on the mother's side
 
enchanter
a sorcerer or magician
 
enchantress
a female sorcerer or magician
 
encroacher
someone who enters by force in order to conquer
 
encyclopaedist
a person who compiles information for encyclopedias
 
end
(football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage
 
end man
a man at one end of a row of people
 
end user
the ultimate user for which something is intended
 
endocrinologist
physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the endocrine system
 
endodontist
a dentist specializing in diseases of the dental pulp and nerve
 
endomorph
a heavy person with a soft and rounded body
 
endorser
a person who transfers his ownership interest in something by signing a check or negotiable security
 
endorser
someone who expresses strong approval
 
Enea Silvio Piccolomini
Italian pope from 1458 to 1464 who is remembered for his unsuccessful attempt to lead a crusade against the Turks (1405-1464)
 
enemy
a personal enemy
 
enemy
an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
 
enfant terrible
a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
 
enforcer
one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior
 
Engelbert Humperdinck
German composer of six operas and other incidental music (1854-1921)
 
engine driver
the operator of a railway locomotive
 
English Hippocrates
English physician (1624-1689)
 
English people
the people of England
 
English person
a native or inhabitant of England
 
English professor
someone who teaches English
 
Englishman
a man who is a native or inhabitant of England
 
Englishwoman
a woman who is a native or inhabitant of England
 
engraver
a printmaker who prints from an engraved printing plate
 
engraver
a skilled worker who can inscribe designs or writing onto a surface by carving or etching
 
enjoyer
a person who delights in having or using or experiencing something
 
Enki
water god and god of wisdom; counterpart of the Akkadian Ea
 
Enkidu
legendary friend of Gilgamish
 
enlisted man
a male enlisted person in the armed forces
 
enlisted officer
a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel
 
enlisted person
a serviceman who ranks below a commissioned officer
 
enlisted woman
a female enlisted person in the armed forces
 
enlistee
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
 
enologist
a specialist in wine making
 
enophile
someone who appreciates wine
 
Enrico Caruso
outstanding Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921)
 
Enrico Fermi
Italian nuclear physicist (in the United States after 1939) who worked on artificial radioactivity caused by neutron bombardment and who headed the group that in 1942 produced the first controlled nuclear reaction (1901-1954)
 
enrollee
a person who enrolls in (or is enrolled in) a class or course of study
 
ensign
a person who holds a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant junior grade
 
ENT man
a specialist in the disorders of the ear or nose or throat
 
enterpriser
someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it
 
entertainer
a person who tries to please or amuse
 
enthusiast
a person having a strong liking for something
 
enthusiast
an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
 
entrant
one who enters a competition
 
entrant
someone who enters
 
entrant
any new participant in some activity
 
envoy
a diplomat having less authority than an ambassador
 
enzymologist
a person who is trained in or engaged in enzymology
 
Eos
(Greek mythology) the winged goddess of the dawn in ancient mythology; daughter of Hyperion; identified with Roman Aurora
 
eparch
the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece
 
eparch
a bishop or metropolitan in charge of an eparchy in the Eastern Church
 
Ephesian
a resident of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus
 
Epictetus
Greek philosopher who was a Stoic (circa 50-130)
 
Epicurus
Greek philosopher who believed that the world is a random combination of atoms and that pleasure is the highest good (341-270 BC)
 
epidemiologist
a medical scientist who studies the transmission and control of epidemic diseases
 
epigon
an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer, artist, or musician
 
epileptic
a person who has epilepsy
 
Epimetheus
(Greek mythology) brother of Prometheus; despite Prometheus's warning against gifts from Zeus he accepted Pandora as his wife
 
Episcopalian
a member of the Episcopal church
 
epistemologist
a specialist in epistemology
 
Epona
(possibly Roman mythology) Celtic goddess of horses and mules and asses
 
equerry
a personal attendant of the British royal family
 
equerry
an official charged with the care of the horses of princes or nobles
 
equestrian
a man skilled in equitation
 
equivocator
a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
 
eradicator
someone who exterminates (especially someone whose occupation is the extermination of troublesome rodents and insects)
 
Erato
(Greek mythology) the Muse of lyric and love poetry
 
Eratosthenes
Greek mathematician and astronomer who estimated the circumference of the earth and the distances to the Moon and sun (276-194 BC)
 
Erebus
(Greek mythology) Greek god of darkness who dwelt in the underworld; son of Chaos; brother of Nox; father of Aether and Day
 
eremite
a Christian recluse
 
Eresh-kigal
goddess of death and consort of Nergal
 
Eric Arthur Blair
imaginative British writer concerned with social justice (1903-1950)
 
Erica Jong
United States writer (born in 1942)
 
Erich Mendelsohn
German architect who migrated to Palestine in 1937 (1887-1953)
 
Erich von Stroheim
United States film actor (born in Austria) (1885-1957)
 
Erie
a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living on the south shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania and western New York
 
Erik Adolf von Willebrand
Finnish physician who first described vascular hemophilia (1870-1949)
 
Erik Alfred Leslie Satie
French composer noted for his experimentalism and rejection of Romanticism (1866-1925)
 
Erik Axel Karlfeldt
Swedish poet whose works incorporate Swedish customs and folklore (1864-1931)
 
Eris
(Greek mythology) goddess of discord; sister of Ares
 
Eritrean
a native or inhabitant of Eritrea
 
Erle Stanley Gardner
writer of detective novels featuring Perry Mason (1889-1970)
 
Ernest Bevin
British labor leader and statesman who played an important role in diplomacy after World War II (1884-1951)
 
Ernest Bloch
United States composer (born in Switzerland) who composed symphonies and chamber music and choral music and a piano sonata and an opera (1880-1959)
 
Ernest Hemingway
an American writer of fiction who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1954 (1899-1961)
 
Ernest Orlando Lawrence
United States physicist who developed the cyclotron (1901-1958)
 
Ernest Solvay
Belgian chemist who developed the Solvay process and built factories exploiting it (1838-1922)
 
Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton
Irish physicist who (with Sir John Cockcroft in 1931) first split an atom (1903-1995)
 
Ernestine Schumann-Heink
United States operatic contralto (1861-1936)
 
Ernesto Guevara
an Argentine revolutionary leader who was Fidel Castro's chief lieutenant in the Cuban revolution; active in other Latin American countries; was captured and executed by the Bolivian army (1928-1967)
 
Ernst Cassirer
German philosopher concerned with concept formation in the human mind and with symbolic forms in human culture generally (1874-1945)
 
Ernst Heinrich Haeckel
German biologist and philosopher; advocated Darwinism and formulated the theory of recapitulation; was an exponent of materialistic monism (1834-1919)
 
Ernst Heinrich Weber
German physiologist who studied sensory responses to stimuli and is considered the father of psychophysics (1795-1878)
 
Ernst Lubitsch
German filmmaker of sophisticated comedies (1892-1947)
 
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
German expressionist painter (1880-1938)
 
Ernst Mach
Austrian physicist and philosopher who introduced the Mach number and who founded logical positivism (1838-1916)
 
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
German writer of fantastic tales (1776-1822)
 
Ernst Werner von Siemens
German electrical engineer (1816-1892)
 
Eros
(Greek mythology) god of love; son of Aphrodite; identified with Roman Cupid
 
erotic
an erotic person
 
errand boy
a boy who earns money by running errands
 
Erskine Preston Caldwell
United States author remembered for novels about poverty and degeneration (1903-1987)
 
Erwin Panofsky
art historian (1892-1968)
 
Erwin Rommel
German field marshal noted for brilliant generalship in North Africa during World War II (1891-1944)
 
Erwin Schrodinger
Austrian physicist who discovered the wave equation (1887-1961)
 
Esau
(Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage
 
escalader
someone who gains access by the use of ladders
 
escape expert
an entertainer who is expert in the art of escaping
 
escapee
someone who escapes
 
eschatologist
a theologian who specializes in eschatology
 
escort
an attendant who is employed to accompany someone
 
Esme Stuart Lennox Robinson
Irish playwright and theater manager in Dublin (1886-1958)
 
espionage agent
someone employed to spy on another country or business competitor
 
Esquimau
a member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia); the Algonquians called them Eskimo (`eaters of raw flesh') but they call themselves the Inuit (`the people')
 
Esquire
a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
 
esquire
(Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
 
essayist
a writer of literary works
 
Esselen
a member of a North American Indian people living on the California coast near Monterey
 
Essene
a member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus
 
estate agent
a person who is authorized to act as an agent for the sale of land
 
Esther
(Old Testament) a beautiful Jewess chosen by the king of Persia to be his queen; she stopped a plot to massacre all the Jews in Persia (an event celebrated by Jews as the feast of Purim)
 
Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris
United States suffragist in Wyoming (1814-1902)
 
etcher
someone who etches
 
Ethan Allen
a soldier of the American Revolution whose troops helped capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British (1738-1789)
 
Ethel Barrymore
United States actress; daughter of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1879-1959)
 
Ethel Merman
United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
 
Ethel Waters
United States actress and singer (1896-1977)
 
Ethelbert
Anglo-Saxon king of Kent who was converted to Christianity by Saint Augustine; codified English law (552-616)
 
Ethelred I
king of Wessex and Kent and elder brother of Alfred; Alfred joined Ethelred's battle against the invading Danes and succeeded him on his death (died in 871)
 
Ethelred the Unready
king of the English who succeeded to the throne after his half-brother Edward the Martyr was murdered; he struggled unsuccessfully against the invading Danes (969-1016)
 
ethician
a philosopher who specializes in ethics
 
Ethiopian
a native or inhabitant of Ethiopia
 
ethnarch
the ruler of a province (as in the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire) or certain religious rulers with secular authority
 
ethnic
a person who is a member of an ethnic group
 
ethnographer
an anthropologist who does ethnography
 
ethnologist
an anthropologist who studies ethnology
 
ethologist
a zoologist who studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
 
Etienne-Louis Arthur Fallot
French physician who described cardiac anomalies including Fallot's tetralogy (1850-1911)
 
Etonian
a student enrolled in (or graduated from) Eton College
 
Etruscan
a native or inhabitant of ancient Etruria; the Etruscans influenced the Romans (who had suppressed them by about 200 BC)
 
etymologist
a lexicographer who specializes in etymology
 
Euclid
Greek geometer (3rd century BC)
 
eudaemon
a benevolent spirit
 
Eudora Welty
United States writer about rural southern life (1909-2001)
 
Eugene Curran Kelly
United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)
 
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
United States playwright (1888-1953)
 
Eugene Ionesco
French dramatist (born in Romania) who was a leading exponent of the theater of the absurd (1912-1994)
 
Eugene Luther Vidal
United States writer (born in 1925)
 
Eugene Ormandy
United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1899-1985)
 
Eugene Paul Wigner
United States physicist (born in Hungary) noted for his work on the structure of the atom and its nucleus (1902-1995)
 
Eugene Sue
French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life (1804-1857)
 
Eugene Victor Debs
United States labor organizer who ran for President as a socialist (1855-1926)
 
Eugenio Pacelli
pope who maintained neutrality during World War II and was later criticized for not aiding the Jews who were persecuted by Hitler (1876-1958)
 
eulogist
an orator who delivers eulogies or panegyrics
 
Eumenides
(classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
 
Euphrosyne
(Greek mythology) one of the three Graces
 
Eurafrican
a person of mixed European and African descent
 
Eurasian
a person of mixed European and Asian descent
 
Euripides
one of the greatest tragic dramatists of ancient Greece (480-406 BC)
 
European
a native or inhabitant of Europe
 
Euryale
(Greek mythology) one of the three Gorgons
 
Eurydice
(Greek mythology) the wife of Orpheus
 
Eusebius of Caesarea
Christian bishop of Caesarea in Palestine; a church historian and a leading early Christian exegete (circa 270-340)
 
Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus
(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)
 
Euterpe
(Greek mythology) the Muse of music (or the flute)
 
Eva Braun
the German mistress of Adolf Hitler (1910-1945)
 
Eva Le Gallienne
United States actress (born in England) (1899-1991)
 
evacuee
a person who has been evacuated from a dangerous place
 
evaluator
an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality
 
Evangelist
(when capitalized) any of the spiritual leaders who are assumed to be authors of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
 
evangelist
a preacher of the Christian gospel
 
Evangelista Torricelli
Italian physicist who invented the mercury barometer (1608-1647)
 
Evariste Galois
French mathematician who described the conditions for solving polynomial equations; was killed in a duel at the age of 21 (1811-1832)
 
Eve
(Old Testament) Adam's wife in Judeo-Christian mythology: the first woman and mother of the human race; God created Eve from Adam's rib and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
 
Evelyn Arthur Saint John Waugh
English author of satirical novels (1903-1966)
 
event planner
someone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials)
 
everyman
the ordinary person
 
evil spirit
a spirit tending to cause harm
 
evildoer
a person who sins (without repenting)
 
evolutionist
a person who believes in organic evolution
 
Ewe
a member of a people living in southern Benin and Togo and southeastern Ghana
 
Ewenki
a member of the people inhabiting an area of northern Mongolia and eastern Siberia
 
ex
a man who was formerly a certain woman's husband
 
ex
a woman who was formerly a particular man's wife
 
ex-boyfriend
a man who is no longer a woman's boyfriend
 
ex-gambler
a former gambler
 
ex-mayor
a former mayor
 
ex-president
a former president
 
ex-serviceman
a person who has served in the armed forces
 
ex-spouse
a person who was formerly a spouse
 
examinee
someone who is tested (as by an intelligence test or an academic examination)
 
examiner
an investigator who observes carefully
 
examiner
someone who administers a test to determine your qualifications
 
exarch
a viceroy who governed a large province in the Roman Empire
 
exarch
a bishop in eastern Christendom who holds a place below a patriarch but above a metropolitan
 
exarch
a bishop in one of several Eastern Orthodox Churches in North America
 
excavator
a workman who excavates for foundations of buildings or for quarrying
 
Excellency
a title used to address dignitaries (such as ambassadors or governors); usually preceded by `Your' or `His' or `Her'
 
exchanger
one whose business is to exchange the money of one country for that of another country
 
excogitator
a thinker who considers carefully and thoroughly
 
excursionist
a tourist who is visiting sights of interest
 
excuser
a person who pardons or forgives or excuses a fault or offense
 
executant
a performer (usually of musical works)
 
executioner
an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant
 
executive officer
the officer second in command
 
executive secretary
a secretary having administrative duties and responsibilities
 
executive vice president
a vice president holding executive power
 
executive
a person responsible for the administration of a business
 
executor
a person appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of the will
 
executrix
a woman executor
 
exegete
a person skilled in exegesis (especially of religious texts)
 
exhibitioner
someone who organizes an exhibit for others to see
 
exhibitionist
someone with a compulsive desire to expose the genitals
 
exhibitionist
someone who deliberately behaves in such a way as to attract attention
 
exile
a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
 
existential philosopher
a philosopher who emphasizes freedom of choice and personal responsibility but who regards human existence in a hostile universe as unexplainable
 
exodontist
a dentist specializing in the extraction of teeth
 
exorciser
someone who practices exorcism
 
exorcist
one of the minor orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
 
expectorator
a person who spits (ejects saliva or phlegm from the mouth)
 
experimenter
a research worker who conducts experiments
 
experimenter
a person who enjoys testing innovative ideas
 
expert
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
 
expert witness
a witness who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the topic that he is to testify about
 
exploiter
a person who uses something or someone selfishly or unethically
 
exponent
someone who expounds and interprets or explains
 
exporter
a businessperson who transports goods abroad (for sale)
 
expositor
a person who explains
 
expressionist
an artist who is an adherent of expressionism
 
extern
a nonresident doctor or medical student; connected with a hospital but not living there
 
extoller
someone who communicates high praise
 
extra
a minor actor in crowd scenes
 
extravert
(psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
 
extreme right-winger
an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism
 
extremist
a person who holds extreme views
 
eye doctor
a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye
 
Eye of Ra
a lion-headed Egyptian goddess; typifies life-destroying power of the sun
 
eyeful
a strikingly beautiful woman
 
eyeglass wearer
a person who wears spectacles in order to see better
 
Eyeish
a member of the Caddo people of northeastern Texas
 
eyewitness
a spectator who can describe what happened
 
Ezechiel
a Hebrew prophet of the 6th century BC who was exiled to Babylon in 587 BC
 
Ezra
a Jewish priest and scribe sent by the Persian king to restore Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem
 
Ezra Cornell
United States businessman who unified the telegraph system in the United States and who in 1865 (with Andrew D. White) founded Cornell University (1807-1874)
 
Ezra Loomis Pound
United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)
 
Fabian
a member of the Fabian Society in Britain
 
fabricator
someone who tells lies
 
fabulist
a person who tells or invents fables
 
face
a part of a person that is used to refer to a person
 
facilitator
someone who makes progress easier
 
factory worker
a workman in a mill or factory
 
factotum
a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
 
faddist
a person who subscribes to a variety of fads
 
faerie
a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
 
Fafnir
(Norse mythology) the Norse dragon that guarded a treasure and was slain by Sigurd
 
fag
offensive term for a homosexual man
 
Fagin
a villainous Jew in a novel by Charles Dickens
 
Fahd ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud
king of Saudi Arabia from 1982 to 2005 (1923-2005)
 
failure
a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
 
fair game
a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
 
fairy godmother
a generous benefactor
 
fairy godmother
a female character in some fairy stories who has magical powers and can bring unexpected good fortune to the hero or heroine
 
Faisal ibn Abdel Aziz al-Saud
king of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975 (1906-1975)
 
fake
a person who makes deceitful pretenses
 
fakeer
a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
 
falangist
a Spanish member of General Franco's political party
 
falconer
a person who breeds and trains hawks and who follows the sport of falconry
 
faller
a person who falls
 
faller
a person who fells trees
 
false witness
a person who deliberately gives false testimony
 
falsifier
someone who falsifies
 
familiar
a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
 
familiar
a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
 
family doctor
a general practitioner who treats all the family members
 
family man
a man whose family is of major importance in his life
 
family
a person having kinship with another or others
 
famulus
a close attendant (as to a scholar)
 
fan
an enthusiastic devotee of sports
 
fanatic
a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
 
fancy man
someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce)
 
fancy man
a woman's lover
 
fancy woman
an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
 
Fannie Merritt Farmer
an expert on cooking whose cookbook has undergone many editions (1857-1915)
 
fantasist
a creator of fantasies
 
fantast
someone who predicts the future
 
fare
a paying (taxi) passenger
 
farm boy
a boy who has grown up on a farm
 
farm girl
a girl who has grown up on a farm
 
farm worker
a hired hand on a farm
 
farmer
a person who operates a farm
 
farmerette
a woman working on a farm
 
Farouk I
king of Egypt who in 1952 was ousted by a military coup d'etat (1920-1965)
 
farrier
a person who shoes horses
 
Farsi
a person of Iranian descent
 
fascist
an adherent of fascism or other authoritarian views
 
fascista
an Italian fascist under Mussolini
 
fashion arbiter
someone who popularizes a new fashion
 
fashion consultant
someone who advises you about fashionable clothing
 
fashion model
a woman who wears clothes to display fashions
 
fastener
a person who fastens or makes fast
 
fat cat
a wealthy and privileged person
 
Father
`Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
 
father
a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
 
Father Brown
a Catholic priest who was the hero of detective stories by G. K. Chesterton
 
Father Christmas
the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas
 
father figure
a man who takes over all the functions of the real father
 
Father of Radio
United States electrical engineer who in 1907 patented the first triode vacuum tube, which made it possible to detect and amplify radio waves (1873-1961)
 
Father of the Church
(Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
 
Father of the Submarine
American inventor who in 1775 designed a man-propelled submarine that was ineffectual but subsequently earned him recognition as a submarine pioneer (1742-1824)
 
father
the founder of a family
 
father-figure
a man (often a powerful or influential man) who arouses emotions usually felt for your real father and with whom you identify psychologically
 
Father-God
God when considered as the first person in the Trinity
 
father-in-law
the father of your spouse
 
Fatimah
youngest daughter of the prophet Mohammed and wife of the fourth calif Ali; revered especially by Shiite Muslims (606-632)
 
faun
ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail; equivalent to Greek satyr
 
Faunus
(Roman mythology) ancient rural deity; later considered a counterpart of Greek Pan
 
Fausto Paolo Sozzini
Italian theologian who argued against Trinitarianism (1539-1604)
 
Faustus
an alchemist of German legend who sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for knowledge
 
Fauve
a member of a group of French painters who followed fauvism
 
favorite son
a United States politician favored mainly in his or her home state
 
favorite
a competitor thought likely to win
 
FBI agent
a special law-enforcement agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
 
featherweight
a professional boxer who weighs between 123 and 126 pounds
 
featherweight
weighs 126-139 pounds
 
featherweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 126 pounds
 
Federal
any federal law-enforcement officer
 
Federal soldier
a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
 
federalist
an advocate of federalism
 
Federalist
a member of a former political party in the United States that favored a strong centralized federal government
 
Federico Fellini
Italian filmmaker (1920-1993)
 
Felix Klein
German mathematician who created the Klein bottle (1849-1925)
 
fellah
an agricultural laborer in Arab countries
 
Fellata
a member of a pastoral and nomadic people of western Africa; they are traditionally cattle herders of Muslim faith
 
fellow
a member of a learned society
 
fellow member
one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)
 
fellow traveler
a communist sympathizer (but not a member of the Communist Party)
 
felo-de-se
a person who kills himself intentionally
 
female aristocrat
a woman who is an aristocrat
 
female child
a youthful female person
 
female monarch
a female sovereign ruler
 
female offspring
a child who is female
 
female parent
a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
 
female sibling
a person's sister
 
female
a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
 
feminist
a supporter of feminism
 
fence
a dealer in stolen property
 
fence-sitter
a person who won't take sides in a controversy
 
fencer
someone skilled at fencing
 
fencesitter
a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
 
Fenrir
(Norse mythology) an enormous wolf that was fathered by Loki and that killed Odin
 
Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
Russian novelist who wrote of human suffering with humor and psychological insight (1821-1881)
 
feral man
a person who is not socialized
 
Ferdinand de Saussure
Swiss linguist and expert in historical linguistics whose lectures laid the foundations for synchronic linguistics (1857-1913)
 
Ferdinand I
Holy Roman Emperor and king of Hungary and Bohemia (1503-1564)
 
Ferdinand II
Holy Roman Emperor and king of Bohemia and Hungary who waged war against Protestant forces (1578-1637)
 
Ferdinand III
Holy Roman Emperor and king of Hungary and Bohemia who signed the Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War (1608-1657)
 
Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton
United States jazz musician who moved from ragtime to New Orleans jazz (1885-1941)
 
Ferdinand Julius Cohn
German botanist who is generally recognized as founding bacteriology when he recognized bacteria as plants
 
Ferdinand Magellan
Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain; he commanded an expedition that was the first to circumnavigate the world (1480-1521)
 
Ferdinand the Catholic
the king of Castile and Aragon who ruled jointly with his wife Isabella; his marriage to Isabella I in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain and their capture of Granada from the Moors in 1492 united Spain as one country; they instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (1452-1516)
 
Ferdinand the Great
king of Castile and Leon who achieved control of the Moorish kings of Saragossa and Seville and Toledo (1016-1065)
 
Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix
French romantic painter (1798-1863)
 
Ferenc Molnar
Hungarian playwright (1878-1952)
 
Fernand Leger
French painter who was an early cubist (1881-1955)
 
ferryman
a man who operates a ferry
 
fetishist
one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
 
feudal lord
a man of rank in the ancient regime
 
feudatory
a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
 
fiance
a man who is engaged to be married
 
fiddler
an unskilled person who tries to fix or mend
 
fiddler
someone who manipulates in a nervous or unconscious manner
 
fiddler
a musician who plays the violin
 
Fidel Castro Ruz
Cuban socialist leader who overthrew a dictator in 1959 and established a Marxist socialist state in Cuba (born in 1927)
 
fiduciary
a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary
 
field general
(football) the person who plays quarterback
 
field judge
a football official
 
field marshal
an officer holding the highest rank in the army
 
fielder
a member of the baseball team that is in the field instead of at bat
 
fielder
a member of the cricket team that is fielding rather than batting
 
fieldworker
a researcher who works in the field
 
fifth columnist
a member of a clandestine subversive organization who tries to help a potential invader
 
fighter pilot
a military or naval pilot of fighter planes
 
Fighting Joe Hooker
United States general in the Union Army who was defeated at Chancellorsville by Robert E. Lee (1814-1879)
 
figure
a well-known or notable person
 
figurehead
a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
 
Fijian
a native or inhabitant of Fiji
 
file clerk
a clerk who is employed to maintain the files of an organization
 
filer
a party who files a notice with a law court
 
filibuster
a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes
 
filicide
a parent who murders his own son or daughter
 
Filipino
a native or inhabitant of the Philippines
 
Filippino Lippi
Italian painter and son of Fra Filippo Lippi (1457-1504)
 
Filippo Brunelleschi
Florentine architect who was the first great architect of the Italian Renaissance (1377-1446)
 
fille
a young female
 
film maker
a producer of motion pictures
 
film star
a star who plays leading roles in the cinema
 
film writer
someone who writes screenplays
 
finagler
a deceiver who uses crafty misleading methods
 
finalist
a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
 
finance minister
the minister responsible for state finances
 
financial analyst
an analyst who studies the financial performance of corporations
 
financial officer
an officer charged with receiving and disbursing funds
 
financier
a person skilled in large scale financial transactions
 
finder
someone who comes upon something after searching
 
fingerprint expert
a specialist in identifying fingerprints
 
finisher
a worker who performs the last step in a manufacturing process
 
finisher
a painter who applies a finishing coat
 
finisher
a racing driver who finishes a race
 
Finn
a native or inhabitant of Finland
 
fire chief
the head of a fire department
 
fire fighter
a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires
 
fire marshall
an official who is responsible for the prevention and investigation of fires
 
fire walker
someone who walks barefoot on burning coals
 
fire warden
an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
 
fire watcher
(during World War II in Britain) someone whose duty was to watch for fires caused by bombs dropped from the air
 
fire-eater
a performer who pretends to swallow fire
 
fire-eater
a belligerent grouch
 
firebrand
someone who deliberately foments trouble
 
fireman
a pitcher who does not start the game
 
fireman
a laborer who tends fires (as on a coal-fired train or steamship)
 
First Baron Kelvin
British physicist who invented the Kelvin scale of temperature and pioneered undersea telegraphy (1824-1907)
 
First Baron Marks of Broughton
English businessman who created a retail chain (1888-1964)
 
First Baron Passfield
English sociologist and economist and a central member of the Fabian Society (1859-1947)
 
First Baron Rutherford of Nelson
British physicist (born in New Zealand) who discovered the atomic nucleus and proposed a nuclear model of the atom (1871-1937)
 
first baseman
(baseball) the person who plays first base
 
first cause
an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause
 
First Duke of Marlborough
English general considered one of the greatest generals in history (1650-1722)
 
First Duke of Wellington
British general and statesman; he defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; subsequently served as Prime Minister (1769-1852)
 
First Earl Kitchener of Khartoum
British field marshal (1850-1916)
 
First Earl of Beaconsfield
British statesman who as Prime Minister bought controlling interest in the Suez Canal and made Queen Victoria the empress of India (1804-1881)
 
First Earl of Chatham
English statesman who brought the Seven Years' War to an end (1708-1778)
 
First Earl of Orford
Englishman and Whig statesman who (under George I) was effectively the first British prime minister (1676-1745)
 
first lady
the wife of a chief executive
 
first lady
the leading woman in an art or profession
 
First Lord of the Treasury
the British cabinet minister responsible for economic strategy
 
First Marquess Cornwallis
commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)
 
first mate
the officer below the master on a commercial ship
 
first offender
someone convicted for the first time
 
first sergeant
a sergeant in the Army above the rank of staff sergeant and below master sergeant
 
First Viscount Haldane of Cloan
Scottish statesman and brother of Elizabeth and John Haldane (1856-1928)
 
First Viscount Nuffield
British industrialist who manufactured automobiles and created a philanthropic foundation (1877-1963)
 
first-nighter
someone habitually a spectator at the openings of theatrical productions
 
first-rater
one who is first-rate
 
fisher
someone whose occupation is catching fish
 
fishmonger
someone who sells fish
 
fitter
someone who fits a garment to a particular person
 
five-star admiral
an admiral of the highest rank
 
fixer
someone who intervenes with authorities for a person in trouble (usually using underhand or illegal methods for a fee)
 
fixer
a skilled worker who mends or repairs things
 
fixture
a regular patron
 
flack
a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
 
flag captain
the captain of a flagship
 
flag officer
a senior naval officer above the rank of captain
 
flagellant
a person who whips himself as a religious penance
 
flagellant
a person who is whipped or whips himself for sexual gratification
 
flamen
a priest who served a particular deity in ancient Rome
 
flanker
a soldier who is a member of a detachment assigned to guard the flanks of a military formation
 
flanker
a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver
 
flapper
a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
 
flash in the pan
someone who enjoys transient success but then fails
 
flatfoot
a policeman who patrols a given region
 
flatmate
an associate who shares an apartment with you
 
flautist
someone who plays the flute
 
Flavius Claudius Julianus
Roman Emperor and nephew of Constantine; he restored paganism as the official religion of the Roman Empire and destroyed Christian temples but his decision was reversed after his death (331?-363)
 
Flavius Valerius Constantinus
Emperor of Rome who stopped the persecution of Christians and in 324 made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire; in 330 he moved his capital from Rome to Byzantium and renamed it Constantinople (280-337)
 
fleer
someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
 
Fleming
a native of Flanders or a Flemish-speaking Belgian
 
flibbertigibbet
a female fool
 
flier
someone who travels by air
 
flight attendant
an attendant on an airplane
 
flight engineer
the flight crewman responsible for mechanical operation while in flight
 
flight surgeon
a medical officer specializing in aviation medicine
 
floater
a swimmer who floats in the water
 
floater
a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
 
floater
an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
 
floating voter
a voter who has no allegiance to any political party and whose unpredictable decisions can swing the outcome of an election one way or the other
 
flogger
a torturer who flogs or scourges (especially an official whose duty is to whip offenders)
 
floor leader
the legislator who organizes his party's strategy
 
floorwalker
an employee of a retail store who supervises sales personnel and helps with customer problems
 
floozie
a prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets
 
Florence Nightingale
English nurse remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1820-1910)
 
Florentine
a native or resident of Florence, Italy
 
Florenz Ziegfeld
United States theatrical producer noted for a series of extravagant revues known as the Ziegfeld Follies (1869-1932)
 
Floridian
a native or resident of Florida
 
florist
someone who grows and deals in flowers
 
flouter
someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision
 
flower child
someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
 
flower girl
a young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession
 
flower girl
a woman who sells flowers in the street
 
Floyd Bennett
United States aviator who (with Richard E. Byrd) piloted the first flight over the North Pole (1890-1928)
 
flunkey
a male servant (especially a footman)
 
flunkey
a person of unquestioning obedience
 
fly-by-night
a debtor who flees to avoid paying
 
Flying Dutchman
the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day
 
flyweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 112 pounds
 
flyweight
weighs no more than 115 pounds
 
FO
an officer holding the rank of major or lieutenant colonel or colonel
 
folk dancer
someone who does folk dances
 
folk poet
a folk writer who composes in verse
 
folk singer
a singer of folk songs
 
folk writer
a writer of folktales
 
follower
a person who accepts the leadership of another
 
follower
someone who travels behind or pursues another
 
Fomorian
one of a group of Celtic sea demons sometimes associated with the hostile power of nature
 
fondler
a molester who touches the intimate parts of the victim
 
fondler
a lover who gently fondles and caresses the loved one
 
food faddist
a person who adheres briefly to different diets
 
food manufacturer
a person who manufactures food products
 
fool
a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
 
fool
a person who lacks good judgment
 
foot
a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger
 
foot soldier
fights on foot with small arms
 
foot soldier
an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
 
football coach
a coach of football players
 
football hero
a football player who has achieved a reputation for success
 
football official
an official who enforces the rules at a football game
 
football player
an athlete who plays American football
 
footer
a person who travels by foot
 
footman
a man employed as a servant in a large establishment (as a palace) to run errands and do chores
 
footpad
a highwayman who robs on foot
 
forager
someone who hunts for food and provisions
 
forbear
a person from whom you are descended
 
force
one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
 
Ford Hermann Hueffer
English writer and editor (1873-1939)
 
forecaster
someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
 
forefather
person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group
 
foreign agent
a spy for a foreign country
 
foreign correspondent
a journalist who sends news reports and commentary from a foreign country for publication or broadcast
 
foreign minister
a government minister for foreign relations
 
foreigner
someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group
 
forelady
a woman who is foreperson of a jury
 
foreman
a man who is foreperson of a jury
 
foremother
a woman ancestor
 
foreperson
the presiding member of the jury and the one who speaks on their behalf
 
forerunner
a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
 
forest god
one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns
 
forewoman
a woman in charge of a group of workers
 
forger
someone who operates a forge
 
forgetful person
a flighty and disorganized person
 
Forseti
(Norse mythology) god of justice; son of Balder and Nanna
 
Fortuna
(Roman mythology) the goddess of fortune and good luck; counterpart of Greek Tyche
 
fortune hunter
a person who seeks wealth through marriage
 
fortune teller
a person who foretells your personal future
 
forty-niner
a miner who took part in the California gold rush in 1849
 
forward
the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
 
forward passer
(football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass
 
fossilist
a specialist in paleontology
 
foster brother
your foster brother is a male who is not a son of your parents but who is raised by your parents
 
foster child
a child who is raised by foster parents
 
foster daughter
someone who is raised as a daughter although not related by birth
 
foster father
a man who is a foster parent
 
foster mother
a woman who is a foster parent and raises another's child
 
foster parent
a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child
 
foster sister
your foster sister is a female who is not a daughter of your parents but who is raised by your parents
 
foster son
someone who is raised as a son although not related by birth
 
foster-nurse
a nurse who raises another woman's child as her own
 
founder
a worker who makes metal castings
 
Founding Father
a member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787
 
foundress
a woman founder
 
four-minute man
someone who has run the mile in less that 4 minutes
 
Fourth Earl of Chesterfield
suave and witty English statesman remembered mostly for letters to his son (1694-1773)
 
Fourth Earl of Orford
English writer and historian; son of Sir Robert Walpole (1717-1797)
 
fowler
someone who hunts wild birds for food
 
Fox
a member of an Algonquian people formerly living west of Lake Michigan along the Fox River
 
fox hunter
a mounted hunter who follows the hounds in pursuit of a fox
 
Fra Filippo Lippi
Italian painter whose works show a three-dimensional style (1406-1469)
 
framer
someone who writes a new law or plan
 
framer
someone who makes frames (as for pictures)
 
franc-tireur
a sharpshooter (in the French army)
 
Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett
United States writer (born in England) remembered for her novels for children (1849-1924)
 
Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard
United States advocate of temperance and women's suffrage (1839-1898)
 
Frances Wright
United States early feminist (born in Scotland) (1795-1852)
 
Francesco della Rovere
Italian pope from 1471 to 1484 who consented to the establishment of the Spanish Inquisition and built the Sistine Chapel (1414-1484)
 
Francesco Petrarca
an Italian poet famous for love lyrics (1304-1374)
 
Francis Albert Sinatra
United States singer and film actor (1915-1998)
 
Francis Beaumont
English dramatist who collaborated with John Fletcher (1584-1616)
 
Francis Edgar Stanley
United States inventor who built a steam-powered automobile (1849-1918)
 
Francis Everett Townsend
United States social reformer who proposed an old-age pension sponsored by the federal government; his plan was a precursor to Social Security (1867-1960)
 
Francis Ferdinand
archduke of Austria and heir apparent to Francis Joseph I; his assassination at Sarajevo triggered the outbreak of World War I (1863-1914)
 
Francis Ford Coppola
United States filmmaker (born in 1939)
 
Francis Henry Compton Crick
English biochemist who (with Watson in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (1916-2004)
 
Francis Hopkinson
American Revolutionary leader and patriot; a signer of the Declaration of Independence (1737-1791)
 
Francis Joseph I
emperor of Austria and king of Hungary; was defeated by Napoleon III at the battle of Magenta (1830-1916)
 
Francis Peyton Rous
United States pathologist who discovered viruses that cause tumors (1879-1970)
 
Francis Poulenc
French pianist and composer (1899-1963)
 
Francis Richard Stockton
United States writer (1834-1902)
 
Francis Scott Key
United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)
 
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
United States author whose novels characterized the Jazz Age in the United States (1896-1940)
 
Francis Turner Palgrave
English poet (1824-1897)
 
Francisco Fernandez de Cordova
Spanish explorer who discovered Yucatan (1475-1526)
 
Francisco Franco
Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death (1892-1975)
 
Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros
prelate who was the confessor of Isabella I and who was later appointed Grand Inquisitor (1436-1517)
 
Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish painter well known for his portraits and for his satires (1746-1828)
 
Francisco Pizarro
Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incas in what is now Peru and founded the city of Lima (1475-1541)
 
Francisco Villa
Mexican revolutionary leader (1877-1923)
 
Franco-American
an American who was born in France or whose ancestors were French
 
Francois Auguste Rene Rodin
French sculptor noted for his renderings of the human form (1840-1917)
 
Francois Charles Mauriac
French novelist who wrote about the conflict between desire and religious belief (1885-1970)
 
Francois Couperin
French composer of music for organ and a member of a family of distinguished organists (1668-1733)
 
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
French writer of moralistic maxims (1613-1680)
 
Francois Duvalier
oppressive Haitian dictator (1907-1971)
 
Francois Jacob
French biochemist who (with Jacques Monod) studied regulatory processes in cells (born in 1920)
 
Francois Mansart
French architect who introduced the mansard roof (1598-1666)
 
Francois Marie Charles Fourier
French sociologist and reformer who hoped to achieve universal harmony by reorganizing society (1772-1837)
 
Francois Maurice Marie Mitterrand
French statesman and president of France from 1981 to 1985 (1916-1996)
 
Francois Rabelais
author of satirical attacks on medieval scholasticism (1494-1553)
 
Francois Rene Chateaubriand
French statesman and writer; considered a precursor of the romantic movement in France (1768-1848)
 
Francois Truffaut
French filmmaker (1932-1984)
 
Francois Villon
French poet (flourished around 1460)
 
Francois-Marie Arouet
French writer who was the embodiment of 18th century Enlightenment (1694-1778)
 
Francoise-Athenais de Rochechouart
French noblewoman who was mistress to Louis XIV until he became attracted to Madame de Maintenon (1641-1707)
 
Francophile
an admirer of France and everything French
 
Francophobe
a person who hates France and everything French
 
Frank
a member of the ancient Germanic peoples who spread from the Rhine into the Roman Empire in the 4th century
 
Frank Capra
United States film maker (1897-1991)
 
Frank Cooper
United States film actor noted for his portrayals of strong silent heroes (1901-1961)
 
Frank Lloyd Wright
influential United States architect (1869-1959)
 
Frank Morrison Spillane
United States writer of popular detective novels (born in 1918)
 
Frank Philip Stella
United States minimalist painter (born in 1936)
 
Frank Winfield Woolworth
United States businessman who opened a shop in 1879 selling low-priced goods and built it into a national chain of stores (1852-1919)
 
Frankenstein
the fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses
 
Frankenstein's monster
the monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)
 
franklin
a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth
 
Frans Hals
Dutch portrait and genre painter who endowed his portraits with vitality and humor (1580?-1666)
 
Franz Joseph Haydn
prolific Austrian composer who influenced the classical form of the symphony (1732-1809)
 
Franz Joseph Kline
United States abstract expressionist painter (1910-1962)
 
Franz Kafka
Czech novelist who wrote in German about a nightmarish world of isolated and troubled individuals (1883-1924)
 
Franz Lehar
Hungarian composer of light operas (1870-1948)
 
Franz Liszt
Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso (1811-1886)
 
Franz Seraph Peter Schubert
Austrian composer known for his compositions for voice and piano (1797-1828)
 
Franz Werfel
United States writer (1890-1945)
 
fratricide
a person who murders their brother or sister
 
freak
a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
 
Fred Astaire
United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)
 
Fred Zinnemann
United States filmmaker (born in Austria) (1907-1997)
 
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
French sculptor best known for creating the Statue of Liberty now in New York harbor
 
Frederic Francois Chopin
French composer (born in Poland) and pianist of the romantic school (1810-1849)
 
Frederic William Goudy
United States printer noted for designing typefaces (1865-1947)
 
Frederic William Maitland
English historian noted for his works on the history of English law (1850-1906)
 
Frederick Barbarossa
Holy Roman Emperor from 1152 to 1190; conceded supremacy to the pope; drowned leading the Third Crusade (1123-1190)
 
Frederick Carleton Lewis
United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961)
 
Frederick Childe Hassam
United States painter noted for brilliant colors and bold brushwork (1859-1935)
 
Frederick Delius
English composer of orchestral works (1862-1934)
 
Frederick Douglass
United States abolitionist who escaped from slavery and became an influential writer and lecturer in the North (1817-1895)
 
Frederick I
son of Frederick William who in 1701 became the first king of Prussia (1657-1713)
 
Frederick Jackson Turner
United States historian who stressed the role of the western frontier in American history (1861-1951)
 
Frederick James Furnivall
English philologist who first proposed the Oxford English Dictionary (1825-1910)
 
Frederick Law Olmsted
United States landscape architect primarily responsible for the design of Central Park in New York City (1822-1903)
 
Frederick Loewe
United States composer (born in Austria) who collaborated with Lerner on several musicals (1901-1987)
 
Frederick Moore Vinson
United States jurist who served as chief justice of the Supreme Court (1890-1953)
 
Frederick Sanger
English biochemist who determined the sequence of amino acids in insulin and who invented a technique to determine the genetic sequence of an organism (born in 1918)
 
Frederick Soddy
English chemist whose work on radioactive disintegration led to the discovery of isotopes (1877-1956)
 
Frederick the Great
king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786; brought Prussia military prestige by winning the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War (1712-1786)
 
Frederick William
the Elector of Brandenburg who rebuilt his domain after its destruction during the Thirty Years' War (1620-1688)
 
Frederick William I
son of Frederick I who became king of Prussia in 1713; reformed and strengthened the Prussian army (1688-1740)
 
Frederick William II
king of Prussia who became involved in a costly war with France (1744-1797)
 
Frederick William III
king of Prussia who became involved in the Napoleonic Wars (1770-1840)
 
Frederick William IV
king of Prussia who violently suppressed democratic movements (1795-1865)
 
Frederico Garcia Lorca
Spanish poet and dramatist who was shot dead by Franco's soldiers soon after the start of the Spanish Civil War (1898-1936)
 
free agent
(sports) a professional athlete who is free to sign a contract to play for any team
 
free agent
someone acting freely or even irresponsibly
 
free lance
a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
 
free trader
an advocate of unrestricted international trade
 
free-liver
someone who gratifies physical appetites (especially for food and drink) with more than the usual freedom
 
freedman
a person who has been freed from slavery
 
freedom fighter
a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
 
freedom rider
one of an interracial group of civil rights activists who rode buses through parts of the South in order to protest racial segregation
 
freeholder
the owner of a freehold
 
freeloader
someone who takes advantage of the generosity of others
 
freeman
a person who is not a serf or a slave
 
Freemason
a member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to mutual assistance and brotherly love
 
freethinker
a person who rejects religion
 
freight agent
an employee of a freight carrier who directs the receipt and delivery of goods
 
French Canadian
a Canadian descended from early French settlers and whose native language is French
 
French people
the people of France
 
French person
a person of French nationality
 
French teacher
someone who teaches French
 
frequenter
a regular customer
 
fresher
a first-year undergraduate
 
Freudian
a person who follows the basic theories or practices of Sigmund Freud
 
Freyja
(Norse mythology) goddess of love and fecundity; daughter of Njorth and sister of Frey
 
Freyr
(Norse mythology) god of earth's fertility and peace and prosperity; son of Njorth and brother of Freya; originally of the Vanir; later with the Aesir
 
friar
a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
 
Fridtjof Nansen
Norwegian explorer of the Arctic and director of the League of Nations relief program for refugees of World War I (1861-1930)
 
Friedrich Anton Mesmer
Austrian physician who tried to treat diseases with a form of hypnotism (1734-1815)
 
Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz
German chemist remembered for his discovery of the ring structure of benzene (1829-1896)
 
Friedrich August von Hayek
English economist (born in Austria) noted for work on the optimum allocation of resources (1899-1992)
 
Friedrich August Wolf
German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)
 
Friedrich Engels
socialist who wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx in 1848 (1820-1895)
 
Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
German poet (1724-1803)
 
Friedrich Krupp
German industrialist who manufactured steel in Essen (1787-1826)
 
Friedrich Max Muller
British philologist (born in Germany) who specialized in Sanskrit (1823-1900)
 
Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel
German educator who founded the kindergarten system (1782-1852)
 
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
German mathematician and astronomer who made accurate measurements of stellar distances and who predicted the existence on an 8th planet (1784-1846)
 
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
influential German philosopher remembered for his concept of the superman and for his rejection of Christian values; considered, along with Kierkegaard, to be a founder of existentialism (1844-1900)
 
friend
a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
 
Frigga
(Norse mythology) goddess of the heavens and married love; wife of Odin
 
Frisian
a native or inhabitant of Friesland or Frisia
 
Fritz Albert Lipmann
United States biochemist (born in Germany) noted for his studies of metabolic processes (1899-1986)
 
Fritz Haber
German chemist noted for the synthetic production of ammonia from the nitrogen in air (1868-1934)
 
Fritz Kreisler
United States violinist (born in Austria) (1875-1962)
 
Fritz W. Meissner
German physicist (1882-1974)
 
frontbencher
a member of the House of Commons who is a minister in the government or who holds an official position in an opposition party
 
frontierswoman
a woman who lives on the frontier
 
frotteur
someone who masturbates by rubbing against another person (as in a crowd)
 
fruit grower
someone who grows fruit commercially
 
fruiterer
a person who sells fruit
 
fry cook
a cook who specializes in fried foods
 
fucker
a stupid despised man
 
fuddy-duddy
a conservative who is old-fashioned or dull in attitude or appearance
 
fugitive
someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
 
fugleman
a leader and organizer and spokesman (especially a political leader)
 
full general
a general officer of the highest rank
 
full professor
a professor of the highest rank
 
fullback
(football) the running back who plays the fullback position on the offensive team
 
fuller
a workman who fulls (cleans and thickens) freshly woven cloth for a living
 
fumigator
someone whose job is to fumigate
 
funambulist
an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope
 
functional illiterate
a person with some ability to read and write but not enough for daily practical needs
 
functionalist
an adherent of functionalism
 
functionary
a worker who holds or is invested with an office
 
fundamentalist
a supporter of fundamentalism
 
fundamentalist
an adherent of fundamentalist principles
 
fundraiser
someone who solicits financial contributions
 
funeral director
one whose business is the management of funerals
 
fusilier
(formerly) a British infantryman armed with a light flintlock musket
 
fuss-budget
thinks about unfortunate things that might happen
 
futurist
a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) will be fulfilled in the future
 
Gabonese
a native or inhabitant of Gabon
 
Gabriel
(Bible) the archangel who was the messenger of God
 
Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit
German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer and developed the scale of temperature that bears his name (1686-1736)
 
Gabriel Lippmann
French physicist who developed the first color photographic process (1845-1921)
 
Gabriele Fallopius
Italian anatomist who first described the Fallopian tubes (1523-1562)
 
Gadaba
a member of an agricultural people in southeastern India
 
gadabout
a restless seeker after amusement or social companionship
 
gadgeteer
a person who delights in designing or building or using gadgets
 
Gael
a Gaelic-speaking Celt in Ireland or Scotland or the Isle of Man
 
Gaetan Vestris
Italian dancing-master for Louis XVI who was considered the greatest dancer of his day; he was the first to discard the mask in mime (1729-1808)
 
Gaetano Donizetti
Italian composer of operas (1797-1848)
 
gaffer
an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
 
gagman
someone who writes comic material for public performers
 
gagman
a comedian who uses gags
 
Gaia
(Greek mythology) goddess of the earth and mother of Cronus and the Titans in ancient mythology
 
gainer
a person who gains (gains an advantage or gains profits)
 
gainer
a person who gains weight
 
Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian
Roman Emperor who when faced with military problems decided in 286 to divide the Roman Empire between himself in the east and Maximian in the west; he initiated the last persecution of the Christians in 303 (245-313)
 
Gaius Caesar
Roman Emperor who succeeded Tiberius and whose uncontrolled passions resulted in manifest insanity; noted for his cruelty and tyranny; was assassinated (12-41)
 
Gaius Cassius Longinus
prime mover in the conspiracy against Julius Caesar (died in 42 BC)
 
Gaius Flaminius
Roman statesman and general who built the Flaminian Way; died when he was defeated by Hannibal (died 217 BC)
 
Gaius Julius Caesar
conqueror of Gaul and master of Italy (100-44 BC)
 
Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus
Roman statesman who established the Roman Empire and became emperor in 27 BC; defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC at Actium (63 BC - AD 14)
 
Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus
Roman writer and nephew of Pliny the Elder; author of books of letters that commented on affairs of the day (62-113)
 
Gaius Plinius Secundus
Roman author of an encyclopedic natural history; died while observing the eruption of Vesuvius (23-79)
 
Gaius Valerius Catullus
Roman lyric poet remembered for his love poems to an aristocratic Roman woman (84-54 BC)
 
gal
alliterative term for girl (or woman)
 
Galatea
(Greek mythology) a maiden who was first a sculpture created by Pygmalion and was brought to life by Aphrodite in answer to Pygmalion's prayers
 
Galatian
a native or inhabitant of Galatia in Asia Minor (especially a member of a people believed to have been Gauls who conquered Galatia in the 3rd century BC)
 
Galen
Greek anatomist whose theories formed the basis of European medicine until the Renaissance (circa 130-200)
 
Galilaean
an inhabitant of Galilee (an epithet of Jesus Christ)
 
Galileo Galilei
Italian astronomer and mathematician who was the first to use a telescope to study the stars; demonstrated that different weights descend at the same rate; perfected the refracting telescope that enabled him to make many discoveries (1564-1642)
 
Galina Sergeevna Ulanova
Russian ballet dancer (1910-1998)
 
gallant
a man who attends or escorts a woman
 
galley slave
a slave condemned to row in a galley
 
gallows bird
a person who deserves to be hanged
 
galoot
a disreputable or clumsy man
 
galvaniser
a skilled worker who coats iron or steel with zinc
 
galvaniser
a leader who stimulates and excites people to action
 
Gamal Abdel Nasser
Egyptian statesman who nationalized the Suez Canal (1918-1970)
 
Gambian
a native or inhabitant of Gambia
 
gambist
a musician who performs upon the viola da gamba
 
gambler
a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events
 
gambler
someone who risks loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement
 
game warden
a person employed to take care of game and wildlife
 
gamecock
someone who is a very fierce fighter
 
games-master
the teacher in charge of games at a school
 
gamin
(sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets
 
gamine
a girl of impish appeal
 
gamine
a homeless girl who roams the streets
 
Ganapati
Hindu god of wisdom or prophecy; the god who removes obstacles
 
gandy dancer
a laborer in a railroad maintenance gang
 
ganef
(Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)
 
ganger
the foreman of a work gang
 
gangsta
(Black English) a member of a youth gang
 
gangster's moll
the girlfriend of a gangster
 
gangster
a criminal who is a member of gang
 
Ganymede
(Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods
 
gaolbird
a criminal who has been jailed repeatedly
 
gaoler
someone who guards prisoners
 
Garden Stater
a native of resident of New Jersey
 
gardener
someone employed to work in a garden
 
gardener
someone who takes care of a garden
 
Gargantua
a voracious giant in Francois Rabelais' book of the same name
 
garment cutter
someone who cuts cloth etc. to measure in making garments
 
garment worker
a person who makes garments
 
garnishee
a wage earner who is served with a garnishment
 
Garuda
a supernatural eagle-like being that serves as Vishnu's mount
 
Gary Weinstein
Azerbaijani chess master who became world champion in 1985 by defeating Anatoli Karpov (born in 1963)
 
gas fitter
a workman who installs and repairs gas fixtures and appliances
 
gasbag
a boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics
 
gasman
someone employed by a gas company
 
Gaspar
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus
 
Gaston Lachaise
United States sculptor (born in France) noted for his large nude figures (1882-1935)
 
gastroenterologist
a physician who specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
 
gatekeeper
someone who controls access to something
 
gatherer
a person who gathers
 
gaucho
a cowboy of the South American pampas
 
Gaul
a person of French descent
 
Gaul
a Celt of ancient Gaul
 
Gauri
in Hinduism, goddess of purity and posterity and a benevolent aspect of Devi; the `brilliant'
 
Gautama Siddhartha
founder of Buddhism (c 563-483 BC)
 
gawker
a spectator who stares stupidly without intelligent awareness
 
gay woman
a female homosexual
 
gay
someone who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex
 
gazetteer
a journalist who writes for a gazette
 
Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher
Prussian general who is remembered for his leadership in the wars against Napoleon (1742-1819)
 
geek
a carnival performer who does disgusting acts
 
geezer
a man who is (usually) old and/or eccentric
 
geisha
a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing
 
gem cutter
one who cuts and shapes precious stones
 
gem
a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
 
Gemini
(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Gemini
 
gendarme
a French policeman
 
Gene Sarazen
United States golfer who was first to win all four major golf tournaments (1902-1999)
 
genealogist
an expert in genealogy
 
general agent
an agent who sells insurance
 
general agent
someone authorized to transact every kind of business for the principal
 
general manager
the highest ranking manager
 
general officer
officers in the Army or Air Force or Marines above the rank of colonel
 
general
the head of a religious order or congregation
 
geneticist
a biologist who specializes in genetics
 
Genevan
a native or resident of Geneva
 
genitor
a natural father or mother
 
genius loci
the guardian spirit of a place
 
Genoese
a native or resident of Genoa
 
genre painter
a painter of scenes from everyday life
 
Genseric
king of the Vandals who seized Roman lands and invaded North Africa and sacked Rome (428-477)
 
gent
informal abbreviation of `gentleman'
 
gentile
a Christian
 
gentile
a person who is not a member of one's own religion; used in this sense by Mormons and Hindus
 
gentile
a person who does not acknowledge your god
 
gentleman
a man of refinement
 
Gentleman Johnny
British general in the American Revolution who captured Fort Ticonderoga but lost the battle of Saratoga in 1777 (1722-1792)
 
gentleman
a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
 
gentleman-at-arms
one of 40 gentlemen who attend the British sovereign on state occasions
 
Geoffrey Chaucer
English poet remembered as author of the Canterbury Tales (1340-1400)
 
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Welsh chronicler who wrote an account of the kings of Britain which is now believed to contain little historical fact but it is a source of the Arthurian legend (circa 1100-1154)
 
geographer
an expert on geography
 
geologist
a specialist in geology
 
geomancer
one who practices geomancy
 
geometer
a mathematician specializing in geometry
 
geometry teacher
someone who teaches geometry
 
geophysicist
a geologist who uses physical principles to study the properties of the earth
 
Geordie
a native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
 
Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann
pioneer of non-Euclidean geometry (1826-1866)
 
Georg Meissner
German anatomist (1829-1905)
 
Georg Philipp Telemann
German baroque composer (1681-1767)
 
Georg Simon Ohm
German physicist who formulated Ohm's law (1787-1854)
 
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
German philosopher whose three stage process of dialectical reasoning was adopted by Karl Marx (1770-1831)
 
Georg Wilhelm Steller
German naturalist (1709-1746)
 
George Armstrong Custer
United States general who was killed along with all his command by the Sioux at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1839-1876)
 
George Balanchine
United States dancer and choreographer (born in Russia) noted for his abstract and formal works (1904-1983)
 
George Bernard Shaw
British playwright (born in Ireland); founder of the Fabian Society (1856-1950)
 
George Boole
English mathematician; creator of Boolean algebra (1815-1864)
 
George Bryan Brummell
English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
 
George C. Scott
award-winning United States film actor (1928-1999)
 
George Catlett Marshall
United States general and statesman who as Secretary of State organized the European Recovery Program (1880-1959)
 
George Charles Hevesy de Hevesy
Hungarian chemist who studied radioisotopes and was one of the discoverers of the element hafnium (1885-1966)
 
George Dibdin-Pitt
a British playwright who created the fictional character Sweeney Todd (1799-1855)
 
George Eastman
United States inventor of a dry-plate process of developing photographic film and of flexible film (his firm introduced roll film) and of the box camera and of a process for color photography (1854-1932)
 
George Edward Moore
English philosopher (1873-1958)
 
George Edward Pickett
American Confederate general known for leading a disastrous charge at Gettysburg (1825-1875)
 
George Ellery Hale
United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)
 
George Fox
English religious leader who founded the Society of Friends (1624-1691)
 
George Frederick Handel
a prolific British baroque composer (born in Germany) remembered best for his oratorio Messiah (1685-1759)
 
George Frost Kennan
United States diplomat who recommended a policy of containment in dealing with Soviet aggression (1904-2005)
 
George Gamow
United States physicist (born in Russia) who was a proponent of the big-bang theory and who did research in radioactivity and suggested the triplet code for DNA (1904-1968)
 
George Gershwin
United States composer who incorporated jazz into classical forms and composed scores for musical comedies (1898-1937)
 
George Gilbert Aime Murphy
British classical scholar (born in Australia) who advocated the League of Nations and the United Nations (1866-1957)
 
George Gordon Meade
United States general in charge of the Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg (1815-1872)
 
George Guess
Cherokee who created a notation for writing the Cherokee language (1770-1843)
 
George Harrison
English rock star; lead guitarist of the Beatles (1943-2001)
 
George Herbert Hitchings
United States biochemist noted for developing drugs to treat leukemia and gout (1905-1998)
 
George Herbert Mead
United States philosopher of pragmatism (1863-1931)
 
George Herbert Walker Bush
vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)
 
George Herman Ruth
United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948)
 
George Hubert Wilkins
Australian who was the first to explore the Arctic by airplane (1888-1958)
 
George Huntington
United States physician who first described Huntington's chorea
 
George I
Elector of Hanover and the first Hanoverian King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1714 to 1727 (1660-1727)
 
George II
King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover from 1727 to 1760 (1683-1760)
 
George III
King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820; the American colonies were lost during his reign; he became insane in 1811 and his son (later George IV) acted as regent until 1820 (1738-1820)
 
George IV
King of Great Britain and Ireland and Hanover from 1820 to 1830; his attempt to divorce his estranged wife undermined the prestige of the Crown (1762-1830)
 
George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier
English writer and illustrator; grandfather of Daphne du Maurier (1834-1896)
 
George Lucas
United States screenwriter and filmmaker (born in 1944)
 
George Macaulay Trevelyan
English historian and son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan whose works include a social history of England and a biography of Garibaldi (1876-1962)
 
George Mason
American Revolutionary leader from Virginia whose objections led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights (1725-1792)
 
George Meany
United States labor leader who was the first president of the AFL-CIO (1894-1980)
 
George Meredith
English novelist and poet (1828-1909)
 
George Michael Cohan
United States songwriter and playwright famous for his patriotic songs (1878-1942)
 
George Orson Welles
United States actor and filmmaker (1915-1985)
 
George Percy Aldridge Grainger
United States composer (born in Australia) who lived in London and collected English folk songs (1882-1961)
 
George Segal
United States sculptor (born in 1924)
 
George Simon Kaufman
United States playwright who collaborated with many other writers including Moss Hart (1889-1961)
 
George Stephenson
English railway pioneer who built the first passenger railway in 1825 (1781-1848)
 
George Stevens
United States filmmaker (1905-1975)
 
George Szell
United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1897-1970)
 
George V
King of Great Britain and Ireland and emperor of India from 1910 to 1936; gave up his German title in 1917 during World War I (1865-1936)
 
George Vancouver
English navigator remembered for his exploration of the Pacific coast of North America (1757-1798)
 
George VI
King of Great Britain and Ireland and emperor of India from 1936 to 1947; he succeeded Edward VIII (1895-1952)
 
George Washington Carver
United States botanist and agricultural chemist who developed many uses for peanuts and soy beans and sweet potatoes (1864-1943)
 
George Washington Goethals
United States army officer and engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal (1858-1928)
 
George Wells Beadle
United States biologist who discovered how hereditary characteristics are transmitted by genes (1903-1989)
 
George Westinghouse
United States inventor and manufacturer (1846-1914)
 
George William Russell
Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867-1935)
 
Georges Bizet
French composer best known for his operas (1838-1875)
 
Georges Braque
French painter who led the cubist movement (1882-1963)
 
Georges de La Tour
French painter of religious works (1593-1652)
 
Georges Enesco
Romanian violinist and composer (1881-1955)
 
Georges Eugene Benjamin Clemenceau
French statesman who played a key role in negotiating the Treaty of Versailles (1841-1929)
 
Georges Gilles de la Tourette
French neurologist (1857-1904)
 
Georges Henri Lemaitre
Belgian cosmologist who proposed the big-bang theory of the origin of the universe (1894-1966)
 
Georges Jacques Danton
French revolutionary leader who stormed the Paris bastille and who supported the execution of Louis XVI but was guillotined by Robespierre for his opposition to the Reign of Terror (1759-1794)
 
Georges Joseph Christian Simenon
French writer (born in Belgium) best known for his detective novels featuring Inspector Maigret (1903-1989)
 
Georges Leopold Chretien Frederic Dagobert Cuvier
French naturalist known as the father of comparative anatomy (1769-1832)
 
Georges Pierre Seurat
French painter who developed pointillism (1859-1891)
 
Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov
Soviet general who during World War II directed the counteroffensive at Stalingrad and relieved Leningrad and captured Berlin (1896-1974)
 
Georgia Okeeffe
United States painter (1887-1986)
 
Georgian
a native or resident of the American state of Georgia
 
Georgian
a native or inhabitant of Georgia in Asia
 
Georgiana Emma Barrymore
United States actress; daughter of John Drew and wife of Maurice Barrymore; mother of Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore (1854-1893)
 
Gerald Rudolph Ford
38th President of the United States; appointed vice president and succeeded Nixon when Nixon resigned (1913-2006)
 
Gerard Depardieu
French film actor (born in 1948)
 
Gerard Manley Hopkins
English poet (1844-1889)
 
Gerard Peter Kuiper
United States astronomer (born in the Netherlands) who studied the solar system and suggested in 1951 that there is a belt of comet-like debris at the edge of the solar system (1905-1973)
 
Gerardus Mercator
Flemish geographer who lived in Germany; he invented the Mercator projection of maps of the globe (1512-1594)
 
Gerhard Herzberg
Canadian physicist (born in Germany) noted for contributions to understanding the structure of molecules (born in 1904)
 
geriatrician
a specialist in gerontology
 
German
a person of German nationality
 
German American
an American who was born in Germany or whose ancestors were German
 
German Nazi
a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
 
Germanist
a specialist in the study of Germanic language or culture or literature
 
Geronimo
Apache chieftain who raided the white settlers in the Southwest as resistance to being confined to a reservation (1829-1909)
 
Gertrude Caroline Ederle
United States swimmer who in 1926 became the first woman to swim the English Channel (1906-2003)
 
Gertrude Lawrence
English actress (1898-1952)
 
Gertrude Stein
experimental expatriate United States writer (1874-1946)
 
Geryon
(Greek mythology) a mythical monster with three heads that was slain by Hercules
 
Getulio Dornelles Vargas
Brazilian statesman who ruled Brazil as a virtual dictator (1883-1954)
 
Ghanian
a native or inhabitant of Ghana
 
ghost
the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
 
ghost
a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
 
ghoul
an evil spirit or ghost
 
Giacomo della Chiesa
pope who founded the Vatican service for prisoners of war during World War I (1854-1922)
 
Giacomo Puccini
Italian operatic composer noted for the dramatic realism of his operas (1858-1924)
 
Giambattista Marino
Italian poet (1569-1625)
 
Gian Carlo Menotti
United States composer (born in Italy) of operas (born in 1911)
 
Gianbattista Bodoni
Italian printer who designed the Bodoni font (1740-1813)
 
Gianni Versace
Italian fashion designer (1946-1997)
 
giant
an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
 
giant
a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
 
giantess
a female giant
 
Gibraltarian
a native or inhabitant of Gibraltar
 
Gibson girl
the idealized American girl of the 1890s as pictured by C. D. Gibson
 
Gideon Algernon Mantell
English geologist remembered as the first person to recognize that dinosaurs were reptiles (1790-1852)
 
giggler
a person who laughs nervously
 
gigolo
a man who has sex with and is supported by a woman
 
Gilbert Charles Stuart
United States painter best known for his portraits of George Washington (1755-1828)
 
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
conservative English writer of the Roman Catholic persuasion; in addition to volumes of criticism and polemics he wrote detective novels featuring Father Brown (1874-1936)
 
gilder
someone whose occupation is to apply an overlay of gold or gilt
 
Giles Lytton Strachey
English biographer and leading member of the Bloomsbury Group (1880-1932)
 
Gilgamesh
a legendary Sumerian king who was the hero of an epic collection of mythic stories
 
Gilgamish
legendary Sumerian king and hero of Sumerian and Babylonian epics
 
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