One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A past or present member of Harrow School.
- ‘The New Age revivalist Sir George Trevelyan, himself an old Harrovian, was happy to quote Vaughan's statement, ‘I was afraid of ambition,’ as the explanation.’
- ‘In one fanciful moment, he even saw his fellow Harrovian as the ‘Light of Asia’, who was shaping the destiny of hundreds of millions of Indians and playing an ‘outstanding part in world affairs’.’
- ‘Mr Holdsworth is an Old Harrovian and Hull University graduate.’
- ‘So this time there seems to have been a falling out (perhaps between old Etonians and old Harrovians) as to whether the agent was called ‘Stakeknife’ or ‘Steak Knife’.’
- ‘Later to be sure we were most of us very drunk and we went together to the Haymarket Theatre where we kicked up a row, as you may suppose when so many Harrovians and Etonians meet in one place.’
Early 19th century: from modern Latin Harrovia ‘Harrow’ + -an.
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