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ˈtɛr iter·ry

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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).


  1. terry

    Terry refers to a type of woven fabric, usually made of cotton, characterized by its plush or looped texture. It is often used for towels, bathrobes, and other items that require a high level of absorbency. The name comes from the French word "tirer" which means to pull out, referring to the manufacturing process where threads are pulled to create the loops.

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. Glenn Youngkin:

    If Bill Clinton and Bill Clinton had a son, it's Terry McAuliffe ! he is a creature of the swamp.

  2. Josh Schwerin:

    Even McAuliffe got a record number of votes and was still losing rural areas 85-15. Terry McAuliffe aides can't win elections that way, it wasn't enough to counter how excited Republicans were in other parts and how low Terry McAuliffe aides ceiling is in rural communities right now. ... It's getting worse.

  3. Virginia Chairman Rich Anderson:

    If political insider Terry McAuliffe starts off the first day of the general election campaign by lying multiple times to Virginians, what lengths will he go to and what lies will he tell to get elected? glenn Youngkin is a political outsider that has laid out a vision to unify Virginians around a positive agenda, not lie to them like career politician Terry McAuliffe.

  4. Jennifer McClellan:

    Terry McAuliffe really pushed to improve and expand and grow Virginia's economy, diversify our economy. That included focusing on small women and minority, Black-owned businesses. Terry McAuliffe really pushed to have a diverse cabinet... historic investments in our public education system.

  5. Christina Freundlich:

    Virginians overwhelmingly have shown strong support for Terry's leadership on vaccine requirements, we expect Youngkin's dangerous, Trumpian positions to be a driving motivation for Virginians to vote for Terry McAuliffe and Democrats this fall.

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