from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at Bible.
  • James 1, Saint. Known as "the Great.” Died A.D. 44. One of the 12 Apostles. The son of Zebedee and brother of John, he preached in Spain and was martyred on his return to Judea.
  • James 2, Saint. Known as "the Less.” Died c. A.D. 62. Traditionally regarded as the brother of Jesus, the author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament, and the first bishop of Jerusalem.
  • James 3, Saint fl. first century A.D. One of the 12 Apostles.
  • James, C(yril) L(ionel) R(obert) 1901-1989. Trinidadian author and historian noted for his Marxist writings and his novel Minty Alley (1936).
  • James, Henry 1843-1916. American writer and critic whose works generally concern the confrontation of American and European culture. A pioneer in psychologically realistic fiction, he wrote numerous novels, such as The Bostonians (1886) and The Golden Bowl (1904).
  • James, Jesse 1847-1882. American outlaw. After fighting in the Civil War as a Confederate guerrilla, he led a group of armed brigands that for 15 years robbed banks and trains in the West. He was murdered by a member of his own gang.
  • James, William 1842-1910. American psychologist and philosopher. A founder of pragmatism and functionalism, he developed an approach to intellectual issues that greatly influenced American thought. His works include The Principles of Psychology (1890) and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The twentieth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the general epistle of James.
  • proper n. One of two Apostles, James the Greater and James the Less, often identified with James, brother of Jesus.
  • proper n. A male given name popular since the Middle Ages. Also a common middle name.
  • proper n. An English patronymic surname.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. William James, an American psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910). He was the brother of Henry James.
  • proper n. Henry James, an American novelist and critic, born 1843, died 1916. He was the brother of William James.
  • proper n. Saint James the Apostle, a disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of The Epistle of James in the New Testament.
  • proper n. The James River, a tributary of the Missouri River.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sovereign; the sum of twenty shillings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first Stuart to be king of England and Ireland from 1603 to 1625 and king of Scotland from 1567 to 1625; he was the son of Mary Queen of Scots and he succeeded Elizabeth I; he alienated the British Parliament by claiming the divine right of kings (1566-1625)
  • n. (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament
  • n. writer who was born in the United States but lived in England (1843-1916)
  • n. a Stuart king of Scotland who married a daughter of Henry VII; when England and France went to war in 1513 he invaded England and died in defeat at Flodden (1473-1513)
  • n. United States pragmatic philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)
  • n. a river that rises in North Dakota and flows southward across South Dakota to the Missouri
  • n. a river in Virginia that flows east into Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads
  • n. a New Testament book attributed to Saint James the Apostle
  • n. United States outlaw who fought as a Confederate soldier and later led a band of outlaws that robbed trains and banks in the West until he was murdered by a member of his own gang (1847-1882)
  • n. the last Stuart to be king of England and Ireland and Scotland; overthrown in 1688 (1633-1701)


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin Iacomus, variant of Iacōbus, Iacobus; see Jacob.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The English New Testament form of Jacob, from Old French James, from Late Latin Iacomus, dialect variant of Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος (Iacōbos), from Ἰακώβ (Iacōb), from Classical Hebrew יַעֲקֹב (Yaʿăqōḇ). (Wiktionary)



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