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Williams British & World English

A dessert pear of an early green variety

Williams, Hank British & World English

(1923–53), American country singer and songwriter; born Hiram King Williams. Williams had the first of many country hits, ‘Lovesick Blues’, in 1949; ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart' (recorded 1952) was released after his sudden death

Williams, John British & World English

(B.1941), Australian guitarist and composer; full name John Christopher Williams. He made his name as a recitalist, noted for an eclectic repertoire that includes both classical and popular music

Williams, J. P. R. British & World English

(B.1949), Welsh rugby union player; full name John Peter Rhys Williams. One of the leading full backs of the 1970s, Williams played for his country and for the British Lions

Williams, Robin British & World English

(B.1952), American actor; full name Robin McLaurim Williams. He has starred in many films, in both comic and serious roles; notable films include Good Will Hunting (1997), for which he won an Oscar, Dead Poets Society (1989), and Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Williams, Roger British & World English

(Circa 1603–83), American clergyman; born in England. Banished from Massachusetts in 1635, he founded the colony of Rhode Island and, within it, the settlement of Providence in 1636 as a refuge from political and religious persecution. He served as Rhode Island’s president 1654–57

Williams, Rowan British & World English

(B.1950), Welsh Anglican churchman and theologian, Archbishop of Canterbury 2002–12; full name Rowan Douglas Williams. He became Professor of Divinity at Oxford in 1986 and in 1999 was elected Archbishop of Wales

Williams, Serena British & World English

(B.1981), American tennis player, sister of Venus Williams; full name Serena Jameka Williams

Williams, Ted British & World English

(1918–2002), US baseball player; full name Theodore Samuel Williams; nickname the Splendid Splinter. His career as an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox 1939–1960 was interrupted by active duty in World War II and in Korea. His 1941 batting average of .406 remains the last that high. Baseball Hall of Fame (1966)

Williams, Tennessee British & World English

(1911–83), American dramatist; born Thomas Lanier Williams. He achieved success with The Glass Menagerie (1944) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), which deal with the tragedy of vulnerable heroines living in fragile fantasy worlds shattered by brutal reality. Other notable works: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) and The Night of the Iguana (1961)

Williams, Venus British & World English

(B.1980), American tennis player, sister of Serena Williams; full name Venus Ebony Starr Williams

Williams, William Carlos British & World English

(1883–1963), American poet, essayist, novelist, and short-story writer. His poetry is characterized by avoidance of emotional content and the use of American vernacular. Collections include Spring and All (1923)

Bridgman, Percy Williams British & World English

(1882–1961), American physicist. He worked with liquids and solids under very high pressures and his techniques were later used in making artificial minerals (including diamonds). Nobel Prize for Physics (1946)

Morley, Edward Williams British & World English

(1838–1923), American chemist. In 1887 he collaborated with Albert Michelson in an experiment to determine the speed of light, the result of which disproved the existence of the ether

Vaughan Williams, Ralph British & World English

(1872–1958), English composer. His strongly melodic music frequently reflects his interest in Tudor composers and English folk songs. Notable works: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910), A London Symphony (1914), and the Mass in G minor (1922)

Loy, Myrna British & World English

(1905–93) US actress; born Myrna Williams. She played Nora Charles in the six comedy-crime Thin Man movies (1934–47). Other notable movies include The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), and Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

sweet william British & World English

A fragrant European garden pink with flattened clusters of vivid red, pink, or white flowers

Myrna Williams in Loy, Myrna British & World English

(1905–93) US actress; born Myrna Williams. She played Nora Charles in the six comedy-crime Thin Man movies (1934–47). Other notable movies include The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), and Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Hiram King Williams in Williams, Hank British & World English

(1923–53), American country singer and songwriter; born Hiram King Williams. Williams had the first of many country hits, ‘Lovesick Blues’, in 1949; ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart' (recorded 1952) was released after his sudden death

Rowan Douglas Williams in Williams, Rowan British & World English

(B.1950), Welsh Anglican churchman and theologian, Archbishop of Canterbury 2002–12; full name Rowan Douglas Williams. He became Professor of Divinity at Oxford in 1986 and in 1999 was elected Archbishop of Wales

Serena Jameka Williams in Williams, Serena British & World English

(B.1981), American tennis player, sister of Venus Williams; full name Serena Jameka Williams

Thomas Lanier Williams in Williams, Tennessee British & World English

(1911–83), American dramatist; born Thomas Lanier Williams. He achieved success with The Glass Menagerie (1944) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), which deal with the tragedy of vulnerable heroines living in fragile fantasy worlds shattered by brutal reality. Other notable works: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) and The Night of the Iguana (1961)

John Christopher Williams in Williams, John British & World English

(B.1941), Australian guitarist and composer; full name John Christopher Williams. He made his name as a recitalist, noted for an eclectic repertoire that includes both classical and popular music

Robin McLaurim Williams in Williams, Robin British & World English

(B.1952), American actor; full name Robin McLaurim Williams. He has starred in many films, in both comic and serious roles; notable films include Good Will Hunting (1997), for which he won an Oscar, Dead Poets Society (1989), and Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Theodore Samuel Williams in Williams, Ted British & World English

(1918–2002), US baseball player; full name Theodore Samuel Williams; nickname the Splendid Splinter. His career as an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox 1939–1960 was interrupted by active duty in World War II and in Korea. His 1941 batting average of .406 remains the last that high. Baseball Hall of Fame (1966)

John Peter Rhys Williams in Williams, J. P. R. British & World English

(B.1949), Welsh rugby union player; full name John Peter Rhys Williams. One of the leading full backs of the 1970s, Williams played for his country and for the British Lions

Venus Ebony Starr Williams in Williams, Venus British & World English

(B.1980), American tennis player, sister of Serena Williams; full name Venus Ebony Starr Williams

Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams in Rhys, Jean British & World English

(1890–1979), British novelist and short-story writer, born in Dominica; pseudonym of Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams. Her novels include Good Morning, Midnight (1939) and Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)


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