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George British & World English

The name of four kings of Great Britain and Ireland, one of Great Britain and Ireland (from 1920 of the United Kingdom), and one of the United Kingdom:

George, Lake British & World English

A resort lake in northeastern New York, northeast of Albany, near the Vermont border, scene of many 18th-century military actions

George, St British & World English

Patron saint of England. He is reputed in legend to have slain a dragon, and may have been martyred near Lydda in Palestine some time before the reign of Constantine. His cult did not become popular until the 6th century, and he probably became patron saint of England in the 14th century. Feast day, 23 April

Best, George British & World English

(1946–2005), Northern Irish footballer. A winger for Manchester United, he was named European Footballer of the Year in 1968

Bush, George British & World English

(B.1924), American Republican statesman, 41st President of the US 1989–93; full name George Herbert Walker Bush. He negotiated further arms reductions with the Soviet Union and organized international action to expel the Iraqis from Kuwait in 1990

Fox, George British & World English

(1624–91), English preacher and founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers)

George Town British & World English

The capital of the Cayman Islands, on the island of Grand Cayman; population 28,000 (est. 2007)

Sand, George British & World English

(1804–76), French novelist; pseudonym of Amandine-Aurore Lucille Dupin, Baronne Dudevant. Her earlier novels, including Lélia (1833), portray women’s struggles against conventional morals; she later wrote a number of pastoral novels, such as La Mare au diable (1846)

Wade, George British & World English

(1673–1748), English soldier. He was responsible for the construction of a network of roads and bridges in the Scottish Highlands to facilitate government control of the Jacobite clans after the 1715 uprising

Blanda, George British & World English

(1927-), US football player; full name George Frederick Blanda. He scored 2,002 points in professional football, chiefly as a placekicker. He played the most games (340) for the most seasons (26). Football Hall of Fame (1981)

Boole, George British & World English

(1815–64), English mathematician responsible for Boolean algebra. The study of mathematical or symbolic logic developed mainly from his ideas

Borrow, George British & World English

(1803–81), English writer; full name George Henry Borrow. His travels with Gypsies provided material for the picaresque narrative Lavengro (1851) and its sequel The Romany Rye (1857)

Brett, George British & World English

(1953-), US baseball player. Playing for the Kansas City Royals 1973–93, he was the American League batting champion in three different decades (1976, 1980, 1990). Baseball Hall of Fame (1999)

Burns, George British & World English

(1896–1996), American comedian; born Nathan Birnbaum. Known for his comedy partnership with his wife Gracie Allen (circa 1902–64), he won an Oscar for the film The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Carey, George British & World English

(B.1935), English Anglican churchman, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991–2002; full name George Leonard Carey

Crabbe, George British & World English

(1754–1832), English poet, best known for grimly realistic narrative poems, such as ‘The Village’ (1783) and ‘The Borough’ (1810); the latter included tales of Peter Grimes and Ellen Orford and later provided the subject matter for Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes (1945)

Crook, George British & World English

(1829–90), US army officer. He served during the Civil War and then fought against Indians in the northwest. He was defeated by Crazy Horse in 1876 but went on to fight against the Apaches under Geronimo 1882–85

Custer, George British & World English

(1839–76), American cavalry general; full name George Armstrong Custer. He served with distinction in the American Civil War but led his men to their deaths in a clash (popularly known as Custer’s Last Stand) with the Sioux at Little Bighorn in Montana

Dewey, George British & World English

(1837–1917), US naval officer. Appointed commodore of the navy in 1896, he was the hero of the battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines in 1898 during the Spanish-American War

Eliot, George British & World English

(1819–80), English novelist; pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans. Her novels of provincial life are characterized by their exploration of moral problems and their development of the psychological analysis that marks the modern novel. Notable works: Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), and Middlemarch (1871-2)

Formby, George British & World English

(1904–61), English comedian; born George Booth. He became famous for his numerous musical films in the 1930s in which he played a Lancashire working lad and accompanied his songs on the ukulele

Gamow, George British & World English

(1904–68), Russian-born American physicist. He was a proponent of the Big Bang theory and also suggested the triplet code of bases in DNA, which governs the synthesis of amino acids

George Cross British & World English

(In the UK and Commonwealth countries) a decoration for bravery awarded especially to civilians, instituted in 1940 by King George VI and taking precedence over all other medals and decorations except the Victoria Cross

George Medal British & World English

(In the UK and Commonwealth countries) a medal for bravery awarded especially to civilians, instituted with the George Cross in 1940

Grivas, George British & World English

(1898–1974), Greek Cypriot patriot and soldier; full name George Theodorou Grivas. A supporter of the union of Cyprus with Greece, he led the guerrilla campaign against British rule which culminated in the country’s independence in 1959

Grosz, George British & World English

(1893–1959), German painter and draughtsman. His satirical drawings and paintings characteristically depict a decadent society in which gluttony and depraved sensuality are juxtaposed with poverty and disease

Halas, George British & World English

(1895–1983), US football player, coach, and owner; known as Papa Bear; full name George Stanley Halas. He founded the Chicago Bears (originally as the Decatur Staleys) in 1920. As a coach, he set an NFL record with 324 wins. Football Hall of Fame (1963)

Inness, George British & World English

(1825–94) US artist. His early work, such as Peace and Plenty (1865), was related to the Hudson River School. Later, he painted in a more personal, romantic style such as in The Home of the Heron (1893)

Kennan, George British & World English

(1904–2005) US writer and diplomat; full name George Frost Kennan. Considered the chief architect of the US containment policy against the Soviet Union, he held ambassadorships to the Soviet Union 1952 and to Yugoslavia 1961–63. He wrote Russia Leaves the War (1956), The Decision to Intervene (1958), Memoirs: 1925–1950 (1967), Memoirs: 1950–1963 (1972), and The Cloud of Danger (1977)

Lucas, George British & World English

(B.1944), American film director, producer, and screenwriter; full name George Walton Lucas. He wrote and directed the science fiction film Star Wars (1977), and wrote and produced Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and the sequels of each film

Meade, George British & World English

(1815–72), US army officer; born in Spain to American parents; full name George Gordon Meade. A veteran of the Mexican War, he commanded the Army of the Potomac 1863–65 during the Civil War. He is most noted for his victory at Gettysburg in 1863

Meany, George British & World English

(1894–1980), US labor leader. He served as president of the AFL-CIO 1955–79

Monck, George British & World English

1st Duke of Albemarle (1608–70), English general. Initially a Royalist, he became a supporter of Oliver Cromwell and later suppressed the Royalists in Scotland (1651). Concerned at the growing unrest following Cromwell’s death (1658), Monck negotiated the return of Charles II in 1660

Moore, George British & World English

(1852–1933), Irish novelist; full name George Augustus Moore. Notable works: A Mummer’s Wife (1885) and Esther Waters (1894)

Nepia, George British & World English

(1905–86), New Zealand rugby union player. He played a record thirty-eight consecutive matches for his country (1929–30)

Orwell, George British & World English

(1903–50), British novelist and essayist, born in India; pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair. Orwell’s work is characterized by his concern for social injustice. His most famous works are Animal Farm (1945), a satire on Communism as it developed under Stalin, and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), a dystopian account of a future state in which every aspect of life is controlled by Big Brother

Patton, George British & World English

(1885–1945), US army general; full name George Smith Patton, Jr. During World War II, he commanded the ground forces in the Allied invasion of northwest Africa 1942–43, the US Seventh Army in the Allied invasion of Sicily 1943, and the US Third Army in the drive through France 1944. His story was told in the movie Patton (1971)

Romney, George1 British & World English

(1734–1802), English portrait painter. From the early 1780s he produced over fifty portraits of Lady Hamilton in historical costumes and poses

Romney, George2 British & World English

(1907–95), US businessman and politician, born in Mexico, the father of Mitt Romney; full name George Wilcken Romney

Saint George British & World English

A historic resort city in southwestern Utah, near the Arizona border; population 72,718 (est. 2008)

Shiras, George British & World English

Jr. (1832–1924), US Supreme Court associate justice 1892–1903. He was appointed to the Court by President Benjamin Harrison

Smoot, George British & World English

(1945-), US astrophysicist; full name George Fitzgerald Smoot III. His work with John C. Mather on the COBE project advanced the study of the Big Bang theory. Nobel Prize for Physics (2006), shared with Mather

Stubbs, George British & World English

(1724–1806), English painter and engraver. He is particularly noted for his sporting scenes and paintings of horses and lions, such as the Mares and Foals in a Landscape series (circa 1760–70)

Berkeley, George British & World English

(1685–1753), Irish philosopher and bishop. He argued that material objects exist solely by being perceived, so there are only minds and mental events. Since God perceives everything all the time, objects have a continuous existence in the mind of God. Notable works: A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710)

Canning, George British & World English

(1770–1827), British Tory statesman, Prime Minister 1827. After two periods as Foreign Secretary he succeeded Lord Liverpool as Prime Minister but died shortly afterwards

Chapman, George British & World English

(Circa 1560–1634), English poet and dramatist. He is chiefly known for his translations of Homer; the complete Iliad and Odyssey were published in 1616

Clinton, George British & World English

(1739–1812), US politician. He was governor of New York 1777–95, 1801–04 and vice president of the US 1805–12

Eastman, George British & World English

(1854–1932), American inventor and manufacturer of photographic equipment. He invented flexible roll film coated with light-sensitive emulsion, and, in 1888, the Kodak camera for use with it

Farquhar, George British & World English

(1678–1707), Irish dramatist. He was a principal figure in Restoration comedy. Notable works: The Recruiting Officer (1706) and The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)

Foreman, George British & World English

(B.1948), American boxer. He won the world heavyweight title in 1973-4, regaining it in 1994-5 to become the oldest world heavyweight champion


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