harp·​er | \ ˈhär-pər How to pronounce harper (audio) \

Definition of harper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a harp player
2 : one that harps


biographical name
Har·​per | \ ˈhär-pər How to pronounce Harper (audio) \

Definition of Harper (Entry 2 of 2)

Stephen (Joseph) 1959–     Canadian politician; prime minister of Canada (2006–15)

Examples of harper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enjoy this second beauty edition of harper by Harper's Bazaar, with special thanks to Sephora. Laura Brown, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing Zoey Deutch for harper by Harper's BAZAAR," 11 Aug. 2016 Harper suffered a significant bone bruise in his left knee after slipping on a wet base on Aug. 12. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Dusty Baker Says Bryce Harper Still Not Running, Frustrated With Injury," 30 Aug. 2017 The fans never clamored for such a change before, so why should anyone listen to Harper and switch up the format now? The Tylt, AL.com, "Should MLB change the All-Star Game format?," 11 July 2017 Harper’s Choice, 330; Clemens Crossing, 274 Medley Relay 15-18M: 1. Tim Schwartz, Howard County Times, "Columbia Neighborhood, Central Maryland swim leagues picking up steam," 10 July 2017 Harper in particular is a top Under Armour ambassador who typically wears the company’s batting gloves, compression sleeves and cleats during games. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Under Armour has All-Stars Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger in its camp," 6 July 2017 Harper was one of seven fathers honored at Friday's Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Conference, two days before Father's Day, for success in programs funded by the $1 million county initiative. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Sunday, June 18, 2017," 18 June 2017 Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy are among the early favorites for the NL MVP award and Scherzer fronts a top-heavy rotation. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Storylines abound with Cubs, Nationals set to open series in Washington," 25 June 2017 Harper and the boy were pinned under the trailer, the Highway Patrol said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Mansfield woman killed, boy seriously injured in Lorain County crash," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of harper


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Harper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harper. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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