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Meaning of MORRIS

Pronunciation:  'moris

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  United States statesman who led the committee that produced the final draft of the United States Constitution (1752-1816)
  2. [n]  American Revolutionary leader who signed the Declaration of Independence and raised money for the Continental Army (1734-1806)
  3. [n]  English poet and craftsman (1834-1896)
  4. [n]  United States suffragist in Wyoming (1814-1902)

MORRIS is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris, Esther Morris, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris, William Morris
 See Also: American Revolutionary leader, artificer, artisan, craftsman, financier, journeyman, moneyman, national leader, poet, solon, statesman, suffragist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mor"ris\, n. [Sp. morisco Moorish, fr. Moro a Moor: cf.
    F. moresque, It. moresca.]
    1. A Moorish dance, usually performed by a single dancer, who
       accompanies the dance with castanets.
    2. A dance formerly common in England, often performed in
       pagenats, processions, and May games. The dancers,
       grotesquely dressed and ornamented, took the parts of
       Robin Hood, Maidmarian, and other fictious characters.
    3. An old game played with counters, or men, which are placed
       angles of a figure drawn on a board or on the ground;
       also, the board or ground on which the game is played.
             The nine-men's morris is filled up with mud. --Shak.
    Note: The figure consists of three concentric squares, with
          lines from the angles of the outer one to those of the
          inner, and from the middle of each side of the outer
          square to that of the inner. The game is played by two
          persons with nine or twelve pieces each (hence called
          nine-men's morris or twelve-men's morris). The pieces
          are placed alternately, and each player endeavors to
          prevent his opponent from making a straight row of
          three. Should either succeed in making a row, he may
          take up one of his opponent's pieces, and he who takes
          off all of his opponent's pieces wins the game.
  2. \Mor"ris\, n. [So called from its discoverer.] (Zo["o]l.)
    A marine fish having a very slender, flat, transparent body.
    It is now generally believed to be the young of the conger
    eel or some allied fish.