from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Terence Originally Publius Terentius Afer. 185?-159? B.C. African-born Roman playwright. Taken to Rome as the young slave of a senator, he was educated and then freed by his master. His plays, including Phormio and Adelphi, are largely based on Greek comedies and feature fine dialogue and subtle humor.
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- proper n. A male given name. Popular in the U.K. in the mid-twentieth century.
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- n. dramatist of ancient Rome (born in Greece) whose comedies were based on works by Menander (190?-159 BC)
Latin Terentius, a Roman family name of obscure origin, borne by a Roman playwright and by early Christian saints. (Wiktionary)