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  1. A male given name, the usual spelling of Laurence in the U.S.
    • 2003 Elise Title, Inside Out: A Mystery, St.Martin's Minotaur 2003, →ISBN, page 69
      "I named him Lawrence. After my father. Pete, that's my husband, he never really liked the name Lawrence. He thought it wasn't very..." she shut her eyes for a moment, shaking her head slowly, "...very masculine." She opened her eyes and smiled ruefully. " That's a good one, isn't it?"
  2. A patronymic surname​.
    • 2007 John Dunning, The Bookworm's Last Fling, Simon & Schuster 2007, →ISBN, page 321
      "My name is Richard Lawrence."
      Candice thought he had a storybook name. Like Lawrence of Arabia, she said, but what she always called him was Ricky. Just a jump away from Tricky Dicky.
  3. a city in Kansas, USA, and the county seat of Douglas County.
  4. a city in Massachusetts, USA, which is one of the two county seats of Essex County.
  5. A haze caused by heat; named after a third-century Christian killed by Emperor Valerian by being burned.

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