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Definitions for Terry
ˈtɛr iter·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Terry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Terry, Dame Ellen Terry, Dame Alice Ellen Terrynoun

    English actress (1847-1928)

  2. terry, terry cloth, terryclothnoun

    a pile fabric (usually cotton) with uncut loops on both sides; used to make bath towels and bath robes


  1. terrynoun

    A type of coarse cotton fabric covered in many small raised loops that is used to make towels, bathrobes and some types of nappy/diaper.

  2. Terrynoun

    from the medieval Norman given name Thierry, cognate of the English Derek.

  3. Terrynoun

    transferred back from the surname, or a diminutive of Terence or of any of its alternative forms.

  4. Terrynoun

    A female given name, diminutive of Teresa or any of its alternative forms.


  1. Terry

    Terry is a unisex given name, derived from French Thierry and Theodoric. It can also be used as a diminutive nickname for the names Teresa or Theresa (feminine) or Terence or Terrier (masculine).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terrynoun

    a kind of heavy colored fabric, either all silk, or silk and worsted, or silk and cotton, often called terry velvet, used for upholstery and trimmings


  1. Terry

    Terry is a town in Hinds County, Mississippi. The population was 1,063 at the 2010 census. It is located near Interstate 55, about 15 miles southwest of Jackson and located in Supervisors District Five of Hinds County. The town is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Terry

    ter′i, n. a pile fabric with uncut loops.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TERRY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Terry is ranked #361 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Terry surname appeared 87,000 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 29 would have the surname Terry.

    66.2% or 57,664 total occurrences were White.
    27.3% or 23,786 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 2,332 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 2,123 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 609 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 487 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Terry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4151

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Terry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1666

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Terry in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Terry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Terry in a Sentence

  1. Miles Coleman:

    We do have cases where governors' races are overwhelmingly decided by the national environment, but sometimes they are decided entirely by state issues, a big criticism was that Terry McAuliffe wouldn’t shut up about Trump in Virginia. But in 2021, Trump wasn’t as visible. It might be an effective strategy if Trump is more visible.

  2. Larry Finlay:

    In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him, as all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world. He did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humor and constant invention.

  3. Terry McAuliffe:

    [ W ] hen [ parents ] heard Terry McAuliffe say … that parents don't have a role in their kids' education … this ceased to be a campaign, and it started to be a movement led by parents, and while the kitchen table issues that are so important to all Virginians - low taxes and safe communities and great jobs - continued to be very much front and center, education really did become the top issue in this election.

  4. Elizabeth Perrin:

    Glenn Youngkin victory showcases the Commonwealth's desire to elect a public servant instead of a political servant, what we have seen is the importance of family values and parental rights in our education system. VIRGINIA PARENTS TO Terry McAuliffe : OUR CONCERNS ARE N'T JUST A ‘ DIVISIVE ’ YOUNGKIN CAMPAIGN TACTIC.

  5. Phil Murphy:

    Saying it's Terry McAuliffe call... on' no masking' is akin to supporting drunk driving, we can't beat( coronavirus) that way.

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