charles wright


  1. Charles,born 1935, U.S. poet.
  2. Frances or Fanny,1795–1852, U.S. abolitionist and social reformer, born in Scotland.
  3. Frank Lloyd,1867–1959, U.S. architect.
  4. James,1927–80, U.S. poet and translator.
  5. JosephWright of Derby, 1734–97, English painter.
  6. Joseph,1855–1935, English philologist and lexicographer.
  7. Mary KathrynMickey, born 1935, U.S. golfer.
  8. Or·ville [awr-vil] /ˈɔr vɪl/, 1871–1948, and his brother Wilbur, 1867–1912, U.S. aeronautical inventors.
  9. Richard,1908–60, U.S. novelist.
  10. Rus·sel [ruhsuh l] /ˈrʌs əl/, 1904–76, U.S. industrial designer.
  11. Willard HuntingtonS. S. Van Dine, 1888–1939, U.S. journalist, critic, and author.
  12. a male given name.


  1. (now chiefly in combination) a person who creates, builds, or repairs something specifieda playwright; a shipwright


  1. Frank Lloyd. 1869–1959, US architect, whose designs include the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (1916), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1943), and many private houses. His “organic architecture” sought a close relationship between buildings and their natural surroundings
  2. Joseph, known as Wright of Derby . 1734–97, British painter, noted for his paintings of industrial and scientific subjects, esp The Orrery (?1765) and The Air Pump (1768)
  3. Joseph. 1855–1930, British philologist; editor of The English Dialect Dictionary (1898–1905)
  4. Judith (Arundel). 1915–2000, Australian poet, critic, and conservationist. Her collections of poetry include The Moving Image (1946), Woman to Man (1949), and A Human Pattern (1990)
  5. Richard. 1908–60, US Black novelist and short-story writer, best known for the novel Native Son (1940)
  6. Wilbur (1867–1912) and his brother, Orville (1871–1948), US aviation pioneers, who designed and flew the first powered aircraft (1903)
  7. William, known as Billy . 1924–94, English footballer: winner of 105 caps

Old English wryhta, wrihta “worker” (Northumbrian wyrchta, Kentish werhta), variant of earlier wyhrta, from wyrcan “to work” (see work). Now usually in combinations (wheelwright, playwright, etc.) or as a common surname. Common West Germanic; cf. Old Saxon wurhito, Old Frisian wrichta, Old High German wurhto.

  1. British physician and pathologist who developed (1896) a vaccine against typhoid fever.

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