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Brewer's: Mademoiselle

(4 syl.). The daughter of Philippe, Duc de Chartres, grandson of Philippe, Duc d'Orléans, brother of Louis XIV. La Grande Mademoiselle. The Duchesse de Montpensier, cousin to Louis XI…

Brewer's: Chien de Jean de Nivelle

(Le), which never came when it was called. Jean de Nivelle was the eldest son of Jean II. de Montmorency, born about 1423. He espoused the cause of the Duke of Burgundy against the orders o…

Brewer's: Roman de Chevalier de Lyon

by Maitre Wace, Canon of Caen in Normandy, and author of Le Brut. The romance referred to is the same as that entitled Ywain and Gawain. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham …

Juan Ponce de León

Juan Ponce de León was a mariner and explorer of the 16th century who conquered Puerto Rico and claimed Florida in the name of Spain. Although little is known about his early career, Ponce de León is…

Louis de Branges

Mathematician Louis de Branges was the first winner (in 1989) of the Ostrowski Prize for achievement in pure mathematics. De Branges won the prize for his 1984 proof of the Bieberbach conjecture, a c…

George De Long

Name at birth: George Francis De LongGeorge Washington De Long was a U.S. naval officer who led a failed expedition to the North Pole by way of the Bering Strait and perished in 1881. Raised in New Yo…

Cyrano de Bergerac

Name at birth: Savinien Cyrano de BergeracDe Bergerac was a real person but is still better known as the hero of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. Rostand depicts Cyrano as a brilliant a…

Lorenzo de Zavala Biography

Lorenzo de ZavalapoliticianBorn: 10/3/1789Birthplace: Tecoh, Yucatan, Mexico De Zavala played a pivotal role in Texas' battle for independence from Mexico. He was imprisoned in 1814 for his ou…

Portia de Rossi

Name at birth: Amanda Lee RogersAustralian-born actress Portia de Rossi is best known for her romantic relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and for her role as Lindsay, the shallower-than-shallow Bluth d…

Elmyr de Hory

Elmyr (pronounced el-meer) de Hory was a notorious art forger of the 20th century. The flamboyant Hungarian claimed to have sold more than 1,000 fakes to galleries and museums around the world during …