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Definitions for Dewey
ˈdu i, ˈdyu i; ˈmɛl vɪldewey

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Dewey, Melvil Dewey, Melville Louis Kossuth Deweynoun

    United States librarian who founded the decimal system of classification (1851-1931)

  2. Dewey, George Dewey, Admiral Deweynoun

    a United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War

  3. Dewey, John Deweynoun

    United States pragmatic philosopher who advocated progressive education (1859-1952)


  1. Deweynoun

    derived from the surname, popular in the U.S. in the 1890s.

  2. Etymology: Possibly from a place name in Northern France, Douai. Welsh origin from Dewi (David) has also been suggested.


  1. dewey

    Dewey generally refers to Melvil Dewey, the American librarian who had an enormous influence on the field of library science. He is best known for the creation of the Dewey Decimal Classification system, a proprietary library classification system first published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876. This system is used to categorize and organize materials and resources in libraries.


  1. Dewey

    Dewey is a city in Washington County, Oklahoma, United States. Founded by Jacob A. Bartles in 1899, the town was named for Admiral George Dewey. It was incorporated December 8, 1905. The population was 3,179 at the 2000 census and 3,432 at the 2010 census, an increase of 8 percent.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DEWEY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dewey is ranked #2926 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dewey surname appeared 12,249 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Dewey.

    91.6% or 11,227 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 247 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 235 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.8% or 230 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 229 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 80 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dewey in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dewey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Dewey in a Sentence

  1. David Arquette:

    I am thrilled to be playing Dewey Riley again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new, scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and David Arquette, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven's legacy.

  2. White House:

    Moore currently leads Dewey Square Group’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices, where she helps clients build coalitions and engage on public policy goals.

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    A ectomorphic
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