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  1. Ish·er·wood, Christopher
    IPA[ˈiSHərˌwo͝od]
    • 1. (1904–86), US novelist; born in Britain; full name Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood. Notable works: Mr. Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1939; movie version: Cabaret, 1972).

    • (1451–1506), Italian-born Spanish explorer, credited as being the first European to reach the Americas; Spanish name Cristóbal Colón. Columbus persuaded the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, to sponsor an expedition to sail across the Atlantic in search of Asia. In 1492 he set sail with three small ships (the Niña, the Pinta, the Santa Maria) and discovered the New World (in fact, various Caribbean islands). He made three further voyages between 1493 and 1504, landing on the South American mainland in 1498 but never making contact with North America.
    • (1907–2005), English playwright; full name Christopher Harris Fry. He is known chiefly for his comic verse dramas, especially The Lady's Not for Burning (1948) and Venus Observed (1950).
    • (1564–93), English playwright and poet whose work influenced Shakespeare's early historical plays. Notable plays: Doctor Faustus (c. 1590) and The Jew of Malta (1592).
    • a legendary Christian martyr, adopted as the patron saint of travelers, since it is said that he once carried Christ in the form of a child across a river.
    • (1952–2004), US actor. He starred in the Superman movie series 1978–87, as well as other movies such as Somewhere in Time (1980), Deathtrap (1982), and Rear Window (1998). A horseback riding accident in 1995 left him paralyzed from the neck down, after which he became a prominent advocate for public awareness of and research support for spinal cord injuries.
    • (1925–2011), US statesman and lawyer; full name Warren Minor Christopher. He served as secretary of state 1993–97 in President Bill Clinton's administration.
    • (1907–2005), English playwright; full name Christopher Harris Fry. He was known chiefly for his comic verse dramas, especially The Lady's not for Burning (1948) and Venus Observed (1950).
    • (1922–2015), English actor; full name Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee. His reputation was chiefly based on the horror films that he made for the British film company Hammer, which include Dracula (1958).
    • noun

      the common Eurasian baneberry.
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