Einstein

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Borrowed from German Einstein.

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Einstein (plural Einsteins)

  1. Albert Einstein, the world-famous 20th-century theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity.
    • 1919 November 10, “LIGHTS ALL ASKEW IN THE HEAVENS”, New York Times
      Men of Science More or Less Agog Over Results of Eclipse Observations.
      EINSTEIN THEORY TRIUMPHS
      Stars Not Where They Seemed or Were Calculated to be, but Nobody Need Worry.
      A BOOK FOR 12 WISE MEN
      No More in All the World Could Comprehend it, Said Einstein When His Daring Publishers Accepted it.
    • 1977, James Taylor, “Secret O’ Life”, JT, Columbia Records
      Einstein said he could never understand it all / Planets spinning through space
    • 1993, Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile:
      Gaston: Picasso, Einstein, Schmendiman. Somehow it doesn't have a ring.
    • 2000 January 22, Carl Kasell (announcer), “Listener Limerick Challenge”, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio
      If Einstein, my dear / Were a toll booth cashier / I imagine he too would be [bored]
  2. A surname​.

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Einstein (plural Einsteins)

  1. (informal) An extremely clever or intelligent person. Sometimes used sarcastically as a term of abuse.
    Can you believe he's just a kindergartener? It looks like they've got an Einstein in the family.
    Good job, Einstein, thinking you could grab the wires with your pliers.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The surname is habitational, from any of various places named with a Middle High German derivative of einsteinen ("to enclose or surround with stone").[1] The "an extremely intelligent person" sense is an eponym of Albert Einstein.

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Einstein m or f (genitive Einsteins)

  1. A surname, notably of Albert Einstein.

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Einstein m

  1. an extremely intelligent person

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  • Columbo (a person stating the obvious)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003) , “Einstein”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 518:
    1. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of various places named with a Middle High German derivative of einsteinen ‘to enclose or surround with stone’. In the unsettled social climate of the Middle Ages even relatively minor settlements were commonly surrounded with stone walls as a defense against attack. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name composed of German ein ‘one’ + Stein ‘stone’.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Einstein.

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Einstein m or f

  1. Einstein (Albert Einstein, German theoretical physicist)
  2. A surname​.

Noun[edit]

Einstein m

  1. A extremely intelligent or wise person.