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From Old French Amis, a given name and nickname, from Latin amīcus (friend). Later interpreted as a masculine form of Amy.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (literary, rare) A male given name from Latin.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book IV, canto VIII, stanza 59:
      The morrow next about the wanted howre, / The Dwarfe cald at the doore of Amyas, / To come forthwith unto his Ladies bowre.
    • 1855 Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho!, Macmillan and Co. (1871), page 17:
      Because there was fellow-feeling of old in merry England, in county and in town; and these are Devon men, and men of Bideford, whose names are Amyas Leigh of Burrough, John Staveley, Michael Heard, and Jonas Marshall of Bideford, and Thomas Braund of Clovelly: and they, the first of all English mariners, have sailed round the world with Francis Drake, and are come hither to give God thanks.
    • 1942 Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs, HarperCollins (1994), →ISBN, page 39:
      She was an admirer of Kingsley. That's why she called her son Amyas. His father scoffed at the name - but he gave in.

Usage notes[edit]

The word is rare outside fiction today.