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Shakespeare

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Shakespeare

  1. An English surname.
  2. William Shakespeare, an English playwright and poet of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries
  3. His works or media adaptations of his works.
  4. Eloquent poetry.
    Her composition was pure Shakespeare.

Usage notes

In his manuscripts, William Shakespeare used a great variety of spellings of his surname; too many to list here. This is because at this time spelling was not standardized like it is today. One notable spelling is Shakespear, without the final e.

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