masc. proper name, from French Henri, from Late Latin Henricus, from German Heinrich, from Old High German Heimerich, literally "the ruler of the house," from heim "home" (see home (n.)) + rihhi "ruler" (from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line," with derivatives meaning "to direct in a straight line," thus "to lead, rule"). One of the most popular Norman names after the Conquest. Related: Henrician.

updated on October 10, 2017

Definitions of Henry from WordNet
henry (n.)
a unit of inductance in which an induced electromotive force of one volt is produced when the current is varied at the rate of one ampere per second;
Synonyms: h
Henry (n.)
English chemist who studied the quantities of gas absorbed by water at different temperatures and under different pressures (1775-1836);
Synonyms: William Henry
Henry (n.)
a leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies (1736-1799);
Synonyms: Patrick Henry
Henry (n.)
United States physicist who studied electromagnetic phenomena (1791-1878);
Synonyms: Joseph Henry
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