I. noun Etymology: George F. Babbitt, character in the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis Date: 1923 a person and especially a business or professional man who conforms unthinkingly to prevailing middle-class standards • Babbittry nounBabitty adjective II. biographical name Irving 1865-1933 American scholar

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  • Babbitt — est un terme pouvant désigner: Babbitt, roman de Sinclair Lewis, publié en 1922 Babbitt, film réalisé en 1924 à partir du roman Babbitt, film réalisé en 1934 à partir du roman Sommaire 1 Patronyme 2 Toponyme …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Babbitt — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Art Babbitt (Arthur Harold Babitsky; 1907–1992), US amerikanischer Animator Bruce Babbitt (* 1938), US amerikanischer Politiker Clinton Babbitt (1831–1907), US amerikanischer Politiker Dinah Babbitt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Babbitt — may refer to: Fiction*Babbitt (novel) is a 1922 novel by Sinclair Lewis.:*It is also the title of the two films based on the novel, Babbitt (1924 film) and Babbitt (1934 film) * Babbit is the family name of the title character of Runny Babbit , a …   Wikipedia

  • Babbitt —    , BABBITT METAL    A tin based alloy, called babbitt metal, was invented by Isaac Babbitt in 1839. The metal, composed of a soft, silver white alloy of copper, tin, and antimony, is widely used for bearings to reduce friction. For this… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • babbitt — ☆ babbitt1 [bab′it ] n. Babbitt metal vt. to line or cover with Babbitt metal ☆ babbitt2 or Babbitt [bab′it ] n. [after George Babbitt, title character of a satirical novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis] a smugly narrow and conventional person… …   English World dictionary

  • Babbitt — (n.) conventional, complacent, materialistic American businessman, 1923, from George Babbitt, title character of Sinclair Lewis novel (1922). His name was George F. Babbitt. He was forty six years old now, in April 1920, and he made nothing in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Babbitt — Babbitt, MN U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 1670 Housing Units (2000): 801 Land area (2000): 105.651265 sq. miles (273.635508 sq. km) Water area (2000): 1.063474 sq. miles (2.754385 sq. km) Total area (2000): 106.714739 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Babbitt — Bab bitt, v. t. To line with Babbitt metal. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Babbitt — [bab′it] Milton Byron 1916 ; U.S. composer …   English World dictionary

  • babbitt — 1. noun a) Babbitt metal. One speaks of a babbitt habit, a babbitt era. Nothing is more true. America recognized itself in Babbitt, it demurred, but it also admired. b) A person who subscribes complacently to materialistic middle class ideals [ …   Wiktionary

  • babbitt — /bab it/, n. 1. See Babbitt metal. 2. a bearing or lining of Babbitt metal. adj. 3. pertaining to or made of Babbitt metal. v.t. 4. to line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal. [1900 05; short for BABBITT METAL] * * * …   Universalium

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