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abigail

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Archaic term for a lady's maid. The term comes in the 17th century from the name of the ‘waiting gentlewoman’ in Beaumont and Fletcher's play of The Scornful Lady; so named possibly in...

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Abigail

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 89 words.

Abigail (1 Samuel 25:24–8) repeatedly called herself david’s handmaid, with the result that her name came to

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abigail

Overview page.

Archaic term for a lady's maid. The term comes in the 17th century from the name of the ‘waiting gentlewoman’ in Beaumont and Fletcher's play of The Scornful Lady; so named possibly in...

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abigail <i>n.</i>

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 878 words.

1 a lady's maid.

1610 Beaumont & Fletcher Scornful Lady dramatis personae: Abigail Younglove, waiting-woman to the Lady. c.1...

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Varela, Abigail

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

P ublished online October 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Sculpture and Carving; Contemporary Art; 20th-Century Art; Latin American and Caribbean Art. 559 words.

Venezuelan, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1948.

Sculptor. Figures. Groups.

Abigail Varela only sculpts women and she executes variations on the theme of 'the...

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Lane, Abigail

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

P ublished online October 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Installation Art, Mixed-Media, Assemblage, and Collage; Metalwork; Photography and Photographs; Prints and Printmaking; Contemporary Art; 20th-Century Art. 448 words.

British, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1967, in Penzance.

Installation artist, photographer, printmaker.

Young British Artists.

Abigail Lane studied...

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Adams, Abigail

Nancy Neims Parks.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers); US Politics. 1520 words.

Adams, Abigail (11 November 1744–28 October 1818), first lady and woman of intellect, was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the daughter of William Smith, a Congregational minister, and...

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Lane, Abigail

John-Paul Stonard.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online December 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Installation Art, Mixed-Media, Assemblage, and Collage; Metalwork; Sculpture and Carving; 20th-Century Art; Contemporary Art. 331 words.

(b Penzance, 1967).

English sculptor and installation artist. She studied at Bristol Polytechnic (1985–6) and Goldsmiths’ College, London (1986–9). She had her first solo...

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Abigail's Party

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

A: Mike Leigh Pf: 1977, London Pb: 1979 G: Com. in 2 acts null...

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Fillmore, Abigail Powers

Betty Boyd Caroli.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online October 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics. 1238 words.

Fillmore, Abigail Powers (17 March 1798–30 March 1853), wife of Millard Fillmore, thirteenth president of the United States, was born in the Adirondacks town of Stillwater, New York, the...

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Lane, Abigail (1967)

Edited by Stephen Bury.

in Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Graphic Design and Typography. 437 words.

Abigail Lane studied at Bristol Polytechnic (1985–1986), and at Goldsmiths College, London (1986–1989). She co-curated the

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Gibbons, Abigail Hopper

Lori D. Ginzberg.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Slavery and Abolition of Slavery. 995 words.

Gibbons, Abigail Hopper (07 December 1801–16 January 1893), prison reformer and abolitionist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Isaac Tatem Hopper and Sarah Tatum,...

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Kawananakoa, Abigail Wahiikaahuula Campbell

Richard A. Hawkins.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; Australasian and Pacific History; World History. 1124 words.

Kawananakoa, Abigail Wahiikaahuula Campbell (01 January 1882–12 April 1945), politician, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of James Campbell, a millionaire financier, landowner,...

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Whittelsey, Abigail Goodrich

Agnes Hooper Gottlieb.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Journalism. 765 words.

Whittelsey, Abigail Goodrich (29 November 1788–16 July 1858), journalist and editor, was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the daughter of Samuel Goodrich, a Congregational minister, tutor,...

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Duniway, Abigail Jane Scott

Elizabeth Zoe Vicary.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: World History; Politics; Gender and Politics. 1024 words.

Duniway, Abigail Jane Scott (22 October 1834–11 October 1915), Oregon pioneer and suffragist, was born in Tazewell County, Illinois, the daughter of John Tucker Scott and Ann Roelofson,...

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Cleaves, Margaret Abigail

Constance M. McGovern.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Medicine and Health. 913 words.

Cleaves, Margaret Abigail (25 November 1848–13 November 1917), physician, was born in Columbus City, Iowa, the daughter of John Trow Cleaves, a and Elizabeth Stronach. As a child, Margaret...

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Abigail and John Adams

G. J. Barker-Benfield.

November 2010; p ublished online March 2013 .

Book. Subjects: History of the Americas. 513 pages.

During the many years that they were separated by the perils of the American Revolution, John and Abigail Adams exchanged hundreds of letters. Writing to each other of public events and...

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Dodge, Mary Abigail

Louise L. Stevenson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Journalism; Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers). 1057 words.

Dodge, Mary Abigail (31 March 1833–17 August 1896), author and journalist, best known as an under the pseudonym Gail Hamilton, was born in Hamilton, Massachusetts, the daughter of James...

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May, Abigail Williams

Mark R. Williams.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Society and Culture; Politics; Gender and Politics. 1072 words.

May, Abigail Williams (21 April 1829–30 November 1888), reformer and philanthropist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Samuel May, a deacon, hardware merchant, and woolen...

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Abigail

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

In 1 Samuel 25, the wife of Nabal and subsequently of David. The name came to signify a waiting‐woman, from the name of the ‘waiting‐gentlewoman’ in The Scornful Lady by ...

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Abigail

Patrick Hanks, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges.

in A Dictionary of First Names

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 144 words.

Biblical name, meaning ‘father of exaltation’ in Hebrew, borne by one of King David's wives, who had earlier been married

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