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Word of the day for December 1
Playboy Bunny n
  1. A waitress at a Playboy Club, characteristically dressed in a strapless teddy, black pantyhose, cuffs, a collar and bowtie, bunny ears, and a short, fluffy tail.
PointingHand.svg The first issue of Playboy magazine was published this month 65 years ago in 1953.

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Word of the day for December 9
dame n
  1. (Britain) Usually capitalized as Dame: a title equivalent to Sir for a female knight.
  2. (Britain) A matron at Eton College.
  3. (Britain, theater) In traditional pantomime: a melodramatic female often played by a man in drag.
  4. (US, dated, informal, slightly derogatory) A woman.
  5. (archaic) A lady, a woman.
PointingHand.svg English actress Dame Judi Dench was born on this day in 1934. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1988.

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Word of the day for December 17
kiss someone's ring v
  1. (idiomatic) To give respect or reverence to someone; to express servitude to someone.
PointingHand.svg Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, was born on this day in 1936. Kissing the Pope’s ring is a traditional way of showing reverence to him.

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Word of the day for December 18
dim-bulb adj
  1. Slow-witted, stupid.
PointingHand.svg On this day 140 years ago in 1878, English chemist, physicist and inventor Sir Joseph Swan first publicly demonstrated his incandescent carbon lamp, one of the earliest light bulbs, at a lecture for the Newcastle upon Tyne Chemical Society.

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Word of the day for December 21
chilly adj
  1. Cold enough to cause discomfort.
  2. Feeling uncomfortably cold.
  3. (figuratively) Distant and cool; unfriendly.
PointingHand.svg In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice falls on this day in 2018.

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