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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Wright, Willard Huntington Wright, S. S. Van Dinenoun

    United States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)

  2. Wright, Richard Wrightnoun

    United States writer whose work is concerned with the oppression of African Americans (1908-1960)

  3. Wright, Wilbur Wrightnoun

    United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Orville Wright) invented the airplane (1867-1912)

  4. Wright, Orville Wrightnoun

    United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Wilbur Wright) invented the airplane (1871-1948)

  5. Wright, Frank Lloyd Wrightnoun

    influential United States architect (1869-1959)

  6. Wright, Frances Wright, Fanny Wrightnoun

    United States early feminist (born in Scotland) (1795-1852)

  7. wrightnoun

    someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination)


  1. Wrightnoun

    A British occupational surname from a maker of machinery; found in many combinations such as Cartwright.

  2. Wrightnoun

    An American surname; also a confused anglicization of the French le droit

  3. Etymology: wyrhta, from wurhtjo (as in wurkijanan), from werǵ- (English work). Cognate with English wrought.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wrightnoun

    A workman; an artificer; a maker; a manufacturer.

    Etymology: wrihta, wyrhta , Saxon.

    It is impossible duly to consider these things, without being rapt into admiration of the infinite wisdom of the Divine Architect, and contemning the arrogant pretences of the world and animal wrights, and much more the productions of chance. George Cheyne.

    The verb To write has the same sound with wright, a workman, right or equity, and rite or ceremony; but spelled very differently. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. Wright

    Wright is an occupational surname originating in England. The term 'Wright' comes from the circa 700 AD Old English word 'wryhta' or 'wyrhta', meaning worker or shaper of wood. Later it became any occupational worker (for example, a shipwright is a person who builds ships), and is used as a British family name. The word's use as an occupational title continued until the mid-19th century, often combined with other words such as in shipwright, wheelwright, wainwright and playwright. As of 2014, Wright was the eleventh most common surname in England.The word carpentier, now "carpenter", was introduced into England in the years after the Norman conquest in 1066 and slowly replaced the traditional name and meaning of wright in most of England. 'Wright' is still used in Scottish English in the original meaning of 'skilled woodworker'. The Incorporation of Wrights of the Trades House of Glasgow, and the Incorporation of Wrights and Masons of Edinburgh Trades retain the word in its original meaning in their role of promoting the woodworking trade. Wright is also an anglicised version of the Scots Gaelic clan name "MacIntyre" or "Mac an t-Saoir", meaning "son of the wright" (son of the carpenter). In Ireland, the native Gaelic Mac an Cheairt sept of County Mayo occasionally changed their name to Wright. This is a literal translation meaning, "son of the right or righteous".


  1. wright

    A wright is a professional or skilled craftsperson who constructs, builds, or creates something in a specific field. The term is often used in combination with the material they work with, such as "shipwright" (someone who builds ships) or "wheelwright" (someone who makes wheels). It originates from the Old English word "wryhta" or "wyrhta," which means 'worker' or 'maker.'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrightnoun

    one who is engaged in a mechanical or manufacturing business; an artificer; a workman; a manufacturer; a mechanic; esp., a worker in wood; -- now chiefly used in compounds, as in millwright, wheelwright, etc

  2. Etymology: [OE. wrighte, writhe, AS. wyrtha, fr. wyrcean to work. 145. See Work.]


  1. Wright

    Wright was a federal electoral district in Quebec, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1896 to 1948. This riding was created in 1892 from parts of Ottawa County riding. The electoral district was abolished in 1947 when it was merged into Gatineau riding.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wright

    rīt, n. a maker (chiefly used in compounds, as ship-wright, &c.). [A.S. wyrhtawyrht, a work—wyrcan, to work.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wright is ranked #35 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wright surname appeared 458,980 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 156 would have the surname Wright.

    65.8% or 302,009 total occurrences were White.
    28.2% or 129,570 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 11,061 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 10,832 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 3,167 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 2,341 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Wright' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4493

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wright in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wright in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Wright in a Sentence

  1. Tim Gannon:

    As I watched the video and listened to the officer's commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet, this appears to me, from what I've viewed and the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Katie Wright.

  2. Juni Ganguli:

    We have been working towards this for about a month or so, since we suspected Billy Ray Turner was going to testify against Lorenzen Wright, our defense was going to be that Sherra recruited Billy Ray Turner to kill Lorenzen Wright because Billy Ray Turner had beaten Sherra for years.

  3. Carl Sagan:

    But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

  4. Erica Whitaker:

    That's a lot that they took from me. I just hope that justice is served, i'm just really hurt for Daunte Wright son because Daunte Wright son doesn't have Daunte Wright son father now.

  5. Tammy Duckworth:

    Trump's reckless decision to gather 1,000 Cadets at West Point for a speech puts our future military leaders at increased risk -- all to stroke Kaleth Wright own ego, our troops need stable, consistent leadership during volatile times like these, not a Commander-in-Chief who values Kaleth Wright own photo ops and TV ratings over their health and safety.

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