Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: lewis



From Middle English Lewis, Lowis, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French Louis. Doublet of Louis.


  • IPA(key): /ˈluːɪs/
  • Hyphenation: Lew‧is

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male given name of Norman origin, the English form of Louis.
  2. An English patronymic surname​.
  3. A Welsh surname; anglicized form of Llewellyn.
  4. The w:Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
  5. The title given to a partially apprenticed Freemason who is normally the Master or Son of a practicing Freemason; One practising or learning the degrees of Freemasonry after introduction to the degrees and before full induction or before becoming a Worshipful Brother.


  • 1595 William Shakespeare: Third Part of King Henry the Sixth: Act III, Scene III:
    And tell false Edward, thy supposed king,
    That Lewis of France is sending over masquers,
    To revel it with him and his new bride.
  • 1994 Joseph Heller: Closing Time →ISBN page 42:
    They named me Lewis and called me Louie as though my name was Louis, and I never saw the difference until Sammy pointed it out. And even then, I still don't see much difference.

Derived terms[edit]



  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Lewis is the 29th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 531,781 individuals. Lewis is most common among White (58.2%) and Black/African American (34.8%) individuals.

See also[edit]