AskDefine | Define hillary

Dictionary Definition

Hillary n : New Zealand mountaineer who first attained the summit of Mount Everest with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay (born in 1919) [syn: Edmund Hillary, Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Edmund Percival Hillary]

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Proper noun

  1. A female given name ultimately derived from the Latin Hilaria
  2. A male given name ultimately derived from the Latin Hilarius

Extensive Definition

Hillary or Hilary is a given and family name, derived from the Latin hilarius meaning cheerful. Historically, the spelling Hilary has generally been used for men and Hillary for women, though there are exceptions, some of which are noted below. In modern times it has drastically declined in popularity as a name for men.

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See also

A given name surname Hillary
hillary in German: Hillary
hillary in French: Hillary
hillary in Italian: Ilario
hillary in Latin: Hilarius (nomen)
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