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

  • Riley, James Whitcomb Known as "the Hoosier poet.” 1849-1916. American poet whose most famous works, "Little Orphant Annie” (1885) and "The Raggedy Man” (1890), were written in speech patterns particular to Indiana.

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  • proper n. A surname of Irish origin, variant of Reilly.
  • proper n. An English habitational surname from Ryley in Lancashire, from Old English ryge ("rye") +leah ("clearing, meadow").
  • proper n. A manufacurer of British motorcars (1907-1969) named after William Riley Jr.
  • proper n. A male given name, transferred use of the surnames since the nineteenth century.
  • proper n. A female given name used since the 1990s.

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  • n. United States poet (1849-1916)


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