Milton, 1893–1965, U.S. painter.
a male given name: from Old English words meaning “elf” and “favor.”.
Contemporary Examples

Derrick “Pimp Snooky” Avery was sent away for 20 years in 2010.
FBI Sting Rescues 105 Kids, Nabs 159 Pimps—But What About the Johns? Michael Daly July 29, 2013

As Avery and McLaughlin argue, the Federalist Society deals with “many of the crucial issues of twentieth-century America.”
A Small Right-Wing Conspiracy: The Federalist Society David Fontana June 10, 2013

The blog quickly went viral, making Avery a minor celebrity and earning her nicknames like the “bucket-list baby.”
‘Bucket List’ Baby Avery Canahuati: Facts About Spinal Muscular Atrophy Andrew Carter May 2, 2012

By the time Avery made it to the city May 7, more than 3,000 black young people were marching on the city.
How the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights Movement Lottie L. Joiner May 1, 2013

Avery said of himself, “Pimp Snooky is a brand, like Pepsi.”
FBI Sting Rescues 105 Kids, Nabs 159 Pimps—But What About the Johns? Michael Daly July 29, 2013

Historical Examples

Here a fat waiter interposed with a dish, and Avery had time to recover himself.
Carnival Compton Mackenzie

You accepted a present from Miss Avery when you were married.
Howards End E. M. Forster

Dinner, owing to Avery’s determined steering of the conversation, was eaten to the accompaniment of undiluted shop.
Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie

Margaret followed her to ask whether Henry knew about Miss Avery’s rudeness.
Howards End E. M. Forster

Avery Sparhallow was conceded to be a beauty, and had no rival in Burnley Beach.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922 Lucy Maud Montgomery

Avery A·ver·y (ā’və-rē), Oswald. 1877-1955.

American bacteriologist noted for establishing (1944) that DNA is responsible for the transmission of heritable characteristics.
Canadian-born American bacteriologist who demonstrated in 1944 that DNA was the material that caused genetic changes in bacteria. His work was vital to scientists who later established that DNA is the carrier of genetic information in all living organisms.


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