lewis

noun

lew·​is ˈlü-əs How to pronounce lewis (audio)
: an iron dovetailed tenon that is made in sections, can be fitted into a dovetail mortise, and is used in hoisting large stones

Word History

Etymology

probably from the name Lewis

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lewis was in 1743

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Cite this Entry

“Lewis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lewis. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

Lewis

adjective
Lew·​is ˈlü-əs How to pronounce Lewis (audio)
: of or relating to the Lewis blood groups
Lewis antigens

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

Lew·​is ˈlü-əs How to pronounce Lewis (audio)
Cecil Day see day-lewis

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C(live) S(taples) 1898–1963 English novelist and essayist

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biographical name (3)

Edward B. 1918–2004 American biologist

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biographical name (4)

John Llewellyn 1880–1969 American labor leader

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biographical name (5)

Matthew Gregory 1775–1818 Monk Lewis English author

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biographical name (6)

Meriwether 1774–1809 American explorer

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(Harry) Sinclair 1885–1951 American novelist

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(Percy) Wyndham 1882–1957 British painter and author

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