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ˈmeɪ vɪsmavis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. song thrush, mavis, throstle, Turdus philomelosnoun

    common Old World thrush noted for its song


  1. mavisnoun

    song thrush.

  2. Mavisnoun

    A female given name from English.

    "Rather an odd name, Mavis, isn't it?" I at last ventured to observe. "Yes, - but it suits her wonderfully. She sings quite as sweetly as any thrush, so she merits her designation."

  3. Etymology: From the Queen Mab.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mavisnoun

    A thrush. An old word.

    Etymology: mauvis, French.

    The world that cannot deem of worthy things,
    When I do praise her, say I do but flatter;
    So doth the cuckow, when the mavis sings,
    Begins his witless note apace to clear. Edmund Spenser, Sonnet.

    In birds, kites have a resemblance with hawks, and blackbirds with thrushes and mavises. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.


  1. Mavis

    Mavis is a female given name, derived from a name for the common Old World song thrush. Its first modern usage was in Marie Corelli's 1895 novel The Sorrows of Satan, which featured a character named Mavis Clare (whose name was said to be "rather odd but suitable", as "she sings quite as sweetly as any thrush"). The name was long obsolete by the 19th century, but known from its poetic use, as in Robert Burns's 1794 poem Ca' the Yowes ("Hark the mavis evening sang/Sounding Clouden's woods amang"); and in the popular love song "Mary of Argyle" (c.1850), where lyricist Charles Jefferys wrote, "I have heard the mavis singing its love-song to the morn."Mavis had its height of popularity between the 1920s and 1940s. Its usage declined thereafter, and it has been rather unfashionable since the 1960s.


  1. mavis

    A mavis is a songbird, more commonly known as a song thrush, found in Europe and known for its melodic song. In Scottish and Irish dialect, mavis can also refer to a young, unmarried woman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mavisnoun

    the European throstle or song thrush (Turdus musicus)

  2. Etymology: [F. mauvis, Arm. milvid, milfid, milc'hhouid, Corn. melhuez.]


  1. Mavis

    Mavis is the name of two fictional characters who first appeared in the DC Comics' universe. In the Golden Age Wonder Woman series, the first character served as a Nazi provocateur. Later, Mavis Trent, an unrelated character appeared in the Silver Age Hawkman series as a Midway City museum archaeologist with a crush on the title character.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mavis

    mā′vis, n. the song-thrush. [Fr. mauvis; prob. from Bret. milfid, a mavis.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MAVIS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mavis is ranked #23852 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mavis surname appeared 1,059 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mavis.

    85.9% or 910 total occurrences were White.
    10% or 106 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 24 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mavis in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mavis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of mavis in a Sentence

  1. Geddes Scott:

    Nurse Mavis Charles-France told me Nurse Mavis Charles-France was scared, nurse Mavis Charles-France was crossing Nurse Mavis Charles-France fingers and hoping.

  2. Stephen Colbert ':

    We've finally come to the end of 'The Colbert Report,' nine great years, 1,447 wonderful episodes -- I've just got too many people to thank. So I'll just thank Mavis Staples. Mavis, if you could just call everybody tomorrow, that would be great. ... OK, that's the show. From eternity, I'm Stephen Colbert.

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