Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...demesne via @DefinitionHouse



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demesne

[dih-meyn, -meen]

noun
1. possession of land as one's own: land held in demesne.
2. an estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for the exclusive use of, the owner.
3. land belonging to and adjoining a manor house; estate.
4. the dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain.
5. a district; region.

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Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English demeine < Anglo-French demesne, Old French demein; see domain
Related forms
de·mesn·i·al, adjective 


Monday, December 30, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... ebullience via @DefinitionHouse


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ebullience

[ih-buhl-yuhns, ih-bool-]

noun
1. high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance.
2. a boiling over; overflow.

Also, e·bul·lien·cy.

Origin:
1740–50; ebulli(ent) + -ence
Related forms
non·e·bul·lience, noun
non·e·bul·lien·cy, noun


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... comely via @DefinitionHouse


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comely

[kuhm-lee]

adjective, come·li·er, come·li·est.
1. pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face.
2. proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English cumli, Old English cȳmlīc lovely, equivalent to cȳme exquisite (cognate with Middle High German kūme weak, tender, German kaum (adv.) with difficulty, Old High German kūmo ) + -līc -ly


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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... susurrous via @DefinitionHouse


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susurrous

[soo-sur-uhs]

adjective
full of whispering or rustling sounds.

Origin:
1855–60; susurr(us) + -ous


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...sempiternal via @DefinitionHouse


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sempiternal

[sem-pi-tur-nl]

adjective Literary.
everlasting; eternal.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin sempiternālis, equivalent to Latin sempitern ( us ) everlasting semp ( er ) always + -i- -i- + -ternus suffix of temporal adjectives; see eterne) + -ālis -al1


http://www.deviantart.com/art/Eternal-Believer-40311212

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... untoward via @DefinitionHouse


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untoward

[uhn-tawrd, -tohrd]

adjective
1. unfavorable or unfortunate: Untoward circumstances forced him into bankruptcy.
2. improper: untoward social behavior.
3. Archaic. froward; perverse.

Origin:
1520–30; un-1 + toward
Related forms
un·to·ward·ly, adverb
un·to·ward·ness, noun 


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... tintinnabulation via @DefinitionHouse


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tintinnabulation

[tin-ti-nab-yuh-ley-shuhn]

noun
the ringing or sound of bells.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; < Latin tintinnābul ( um ) bell (see tintinnabular) + -ation


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... scintilla via @DefinitionHouse


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scintilla

[sin-til-uh]

noun
a minute particle; spark; trace: not a scintilla of remorse.

Origin:
1685–95; < Latin: spark 



-No remorse- by LancerMoo

Monday, December 23, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...ratatouille via @DefinitionHouse


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ratatouille

[rat-uh-too-ee, -twee; French ra-ta-too-yuh]
noun
a vegetable stew of Provence, typically consisting of eggplant, zucchini, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and garlic, served hot or cold.

Origin:
1875–80; < French 


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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... lagoon via @DefinitionHouse

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lagoon

[luh-goon]

noun
1. an area of shallow water separated from the sea by low sandy dunes. Compare laguna.
2. Also, lagune. any small, pondlike body of water, especially one connected with a larger body of water.
3. an artificial pool for storage and treatment of polluted or excessively hot sewage, industrial waste, etc.

Origin:
1605–15; earlier laguna (singular), lagune (plural) < Italian < Latin lacūna (singular), lacūnae (plural) ditch, pool, akin to lacus basin, lake1 ; see lacuna
Related forms
la·goon·al, adjective 


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...inure via @DefinitionHouse



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inure

[in-yoor, ih-noor]
verb, in·ured, in·ur·ing.

verb (used with object)
1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to ): inured to cold.
verb (used without object)
2. to come into use; take or have effect.
3. to become beneficial or advantageous.

Also, enure



Origin:
1480–90; v. use of phrase in ure, en ure in use, customary < Anglo-French en ure in use, at work, equivalent to en in + ure < Latin opera, plural of opus work; compare French oeuvre
Related forms
in·ur·ed·ness [in-yoor-id-nis, ih-noor-, in-yoord-, ih-noord-], noun
in·ure·ment, noun
un·in·ured, adjective

Can be confused: inhere, inure. 


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...desultory via @DefinitionHouse



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desultory

[des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

adjective
1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin dēsultōrius pertaining to a dēsultor (a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another), equivalent to dēsul-, variant stem of dēsilīre to jump down ( dē- de- + -silīre, combining form of salīre to leap) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
des·ul·to·ri·ly, adverb
des·ul·to·ri·ness, noun

Synonyms
1. See haphazard


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Friday Fun: How well do you know the most famous reindeer of all? Which came first...song or story?



Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer actually began as a story in 1939 at a Chicago-based retail store, Montgomery Ward. It wasn't until a decade later that it became a song.


The department store wanted to do a giveaway for Christmas--as was their tradition--but they needed something less expensive to distribute then the coloring books from years past.

So they went to their marketing department and asked them to create a Christmas story from the ground up. The task fell on copywriter, Robert L. May, a family man with a young daughter. The story that Robert wrote was given away to over 2.4 million Montgomery Ward customers. 


 

 Robert convinced Johnny Marks, his brother-in-law and songwriter, to turn Rudolph into a song and the red-nosed legend spread. But in 1949, the "Singing Cowboy" Gene Autry, officially recorded the song. Autry's version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sold 2 million copies in its first year and became the second-most successful Christmas record in history (after White Christmas).


For more about the history of Rudolph and how Robert was able to get the rights to his own story, check out Altogether Christmas.
 

Happy Holidays from Definition House!