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Definitions for terry
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).

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:

    This is the distinct different between left policies that Terry McAuliffe stands for versus what I fundamentally know is the undermining of opportunity.

  2. Terry McAuliffe:

    Terry and I share a lot in common. I ran against Donald Trump and so is Terry. And I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and so will Terry, i tell you what, the guy Terry is running against is an acolyte of Donald Trump -- for real.

  3. Phil Murphy:

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

  4. Jennifer McClellan:

    Terry McAuliffe is very loud about funding police. That means moving money from where we need for social services, mental health, food, transportation, and Terry McAuliffe will move that more to law enforcement.

  5. Sarah Wootton:

    I would live my life as ever to the full and die, before the disease mounted its last attack, in my own home, in a chair on the lawn, with a brandy in my hand to wash down whatever modern version of the Brompton Cocktail some helpful medic could supply. And with Thomas Tallis on my iPod, I would shake hands with death. sir Terry was fond of saying, 'It's time we learned to be as good at dying as we are at living' and his brave approach to confronting issues of death, including his own, was a heartfelt demonstration of dignity.

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