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James

masc. proper name, New Testament name of two of Christ's disciples, late 12c. Middle English vernacular form of Late Latin Jacomus (source of Old French James, Spanish Jaime, Italian Giacomo), altered from Latin Jacobus (see Jacob).

The Welsh form was Iago, the Cornish Jago. James the Greater (July 25) was son of Zebedee and brother of St. John; James the Less (May 1) is obscure and scarcely mentioned in Scripture; he is said to have been called that for being shorter or younger than the other. Fictional British spy James Bond dates from 1953, created by British author Ian Fleming (1908-1964), who plausibly is said to have taken the name from that of U.S. ornithologist James Bond (1900-1989), an expert on Caribbean birds.

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Definitions of James

James (n.)
a Stuart king of Scotland who married a daughter of Henry VII; when England and France went to war in 1513 he invaded England and died in defeat at Flodden (1473-1513);
Synonyms: James IV
James (n.)
the last Stuart to be king of England and Ireland and Scotland; overthrown in 1688 (1633-1701);
Synonyms: James II
James (n.)
the first Stuart to be king of England and Ireland from 1603 to 1625 and king of Scotland from 1567 to 1625; he was the son of Mary Queen of Scots and he succeeded Elizabeth I; he alienated the British Parliament by claiming the divine right of kings (1566-1625);
Synonyms: James I / King James / King James I
James (n.)
United States outlaw who fought as a Confederate soldier and later led a band of outlaws that robbed trains and banks in the West until he was murdered by a member of his own gang (1847-1882);
Synonyms: Jesse James
James (n.)
United States pragmatic philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910);
Synonyms: William James
James (n.)
writer who was born in the United States but lived in England (1843-1916);
Synonyms: Henry James
James (n.)
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament;
Synonyms: Saint James / St. James / Saint James the Apostle / St. James the Apostle
James (n.)
a river in Virginia that flows east into Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads;
Synonyms: James River
James (n.)
a river that rises in North Dakota and flows southward across South Dakota to the Missouri;
Synonyms: James River
James (n.)
a New Testament book attributed to Saint James the Apostle;
Synonyms: Epistle of James
From wordnet.princeton.edu