Etymology
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Kelly

common Irish surname, from Old Irish ceallach "war." As a type of pool played with 15 balls, it is attested from 1898. Kelly green first recorded 1917.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of Kelly from WordNet

Kelly (n.)
United States circus clown (1898-1979);
Synonyms: Emmett Kelly / Weary Willie
Kelly (n.)
United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982);
Synonyms: Grace Kelly / Grace Patricia Kelly / Princess Grace of Monaco
Kelly (n.)
United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996);
Synonyms: Gene Kelly / Eugene Curran Kelly
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.