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  1. An English and Scottish habitational surname derived from any of several places of that name, from Gaelic ros "headland".
  2. A male given name, transferred use of the surname since early nineteenth century.

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From Middle High German ros (horse), from Old High German hros, ros (horse), cognate with English horse, Old English hors (horse).


Ross n (genitive Rosses, plural Rösser or Rosse)

  1. (figurative), (plural Rosse) noble steed or charger (an elevated term for a noble horse (edles Pferd, can also be used figuratively)
    • 1876
      ... Dort seh’ ich Grane, mein selig Roß: \ wie weidet er munter der mit mir schlief! \ Mit mir hat ihn Siegfried erweckt. — Richard Wagner, Siegfried, Dritter Aufzug, Dritte Szene.
      I see Grane there, my trusty steed: \ how happily he grazes, he who was asleep like me! \ Siegfried woke him along with me. — Richard Wagner, Seigfried, Act 3, Scene 3.
    • 1914
      Wir werden uns wehren bis zum letzten Hauch von Mann und Roß - His Majesty the Emperor of Germany Wilhelm II, An das Deutsche Volk
  2. (dialectal), (pl. Rösser) horse (South German, Austrian German, and Swiss German generally)
  3. (pejorative), (pl. Rösser) stupid person, dummkopf, nincompoop, moron (du Ross!)

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