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From Wat +‎ -son.

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  1. A northern English and Scottish patronymic surname​.
  2. Doctor Watson, fictional character in, and narrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories
  3. Any character who performs as catalyst for the protagonist detective's mental processes in a mystery story; a consciousness that's privy to facts in the case without being in on the conclusions drawn from them until the proper time. After William L. DeAndrea, discussing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
  4. James D. Watson co-discoverer of the structure of DNA
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