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masc. proper name, Old English Osgar "god's spear," from gar "spear" (see gar) + os "god" (only in personal names); see Asgard.\n

\nThe statuette awarded for excellence in film acting, directing, etc., given annually since, 1928, first so called 1936. The name is said to have sprung from a 1931 remark by Margaret Herrick, secretary at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on seeing the statuette: "He reminds me of my Uncle Oscar." Thus the award would be named for Oscar Pierce, U.S. wheat farmer and fruit grower.


n. (taxlink Astronotus ocellatus species noshow=1), a cichlid fish, native to South America, sometimes kept in aquariums.


OScar is the first attempt to design an entire automobile using open-source principles. The aim of the project is mainly to produce blueprints, using essentially open-source CAD. The project commenced in 1999, founded by Markus Merz with Tiago do Vale as design director, and launched its 0.2 release in 2006, but no further progress has been made. In 2007, Merz admitted the project was a hobby.

Oscar (fish)

The oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) is a species of fish from the cichlid family known under a variety of common names, including tiger oscar, velvet cichlid, and marble cichlid. In South America, where the species naturally resides, A. ocellatus specimens are often found for sale as a food fish in the local markets. The fish has been introduced to other areas, including China, Australia, and the United States. It is considered a popular aquarium fish in the U.S.

Oscar (1967 film)

Oscar is a French comedy of errors directed by Édouard Molinaro and starring Louis de Funès. In the movie, Louis de Funès plays an industrialist named Bertrand Barnier who discovers over the course of a single day that his daughter is pregnant, he has been robbed by an employee, and various other calamities have befallen his household and his business.

An English-language version of the movie was made in 1991, by John Landis, under the same name and starring Sylvester Stallone.

Oscar (1991 film)

Oscar is a 1991 American screwball comedy film directed by John Landis. Based on the Claude Magnier stage play, it is a remake of the 1967 French film of the same name, but the setting has been moved to Depression-era Chicago and the plot centers on a mob boss trying to go straight. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Marisa Tomei, Ornella Muti, Tim Curry and Chazz Palminteri, and was a rare attempt by Stallone at doing a comedy role.

Oscar (Irish mythology)

Oscar (oscara = 'deer friend') is a figure in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. He is the warrior son of Oisín and the fairy woman Niamh, who also bore his sister, Plor na mBan. Oisín, in turn, was the son of the epic hero Fionn mac Cumhail. Though a late addition to the cycle, Oscar was a popular character, and appeared prominently in several later Fenian tales, serving his grandfather as one of the fianna. His death is described in the story Cath Gabhra (The Battle of Gabhra), which pits the increasingly corrupt fianna against the army of High King Cairbre Lifechair. Cairbre, aided by defected Fianna warriors loyal to Goll mac Morna, receives his death blow from Oscar, but mortally wounds him with his steel chains as his final act. Oscar's death causes Fionn to weep for the only time in his life, and serves as the final blow to the fianna's strength.

Oscar (footballer, born 1954)

José Oscar Bernardi (born June 20, 1954), nicknamed Oscar, is a noted association footballer, having been on the Brazil national football team and a member of São Paulo Futebol Clube and Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, and having played in defence at the FIFA World Cup in 1978, 1982, and as a reserve in 1986. He was capped 60 times for Brazil between April 1978 and May 1986.

Oscar also played for Japanese team Nissan FC between 1987 and 1989. After his professional retirement, he coached several football clubs in Japan and Brazil. He now runs an athletic training center in Monte Sião, Minas Gerais. Oscar Bernardi founded a football club, named Brasilis Futebol Clube, in 2007.

Oscar (video game)

Oscar is a platform game that was released on Amiga 500, Amiga 1200, Amiga CD32, MS-DOS and SNES in 1993, and was developed and published by Flair Software. The CD32 version was bundled with the CD32 console on the same disc as the puzzle game Diggers.

The player controls a character named Oscar through seven Hollywood-themed levels collecting Oscars.

Oscar (given name)

Oscar or Oskar is a masculine given name derived from the Irish language.

OSCAR (gene)

Osteoclast-associated immunoglobulin-like receptor is a protein that in humans is encoded by the OSCAR gene.

Oscar (TV serial)

Oscar is a British TV serial first transmitted by BBC 2 in March 1985. Michael Gambon portrayed Oscar Wilde while other actors included Robin Lermitte as Lord Alfred Douglas, Tim Hardy as Alfred Taylor, Emily Richard as Constance Wilde and Norman Rodway as the Marquis of Queensberry. The serial concentrated on Wilde's trials and time in prison.

Oscar (bionic cat)

Oscar is an all black cat owned by Kate Allan and Mike Nolan who lives on the Channel Island of Jersey. In 2009 Oscar had both hind paws severed by a combine harvester. Since then he has undergone a pioneering operation to add prosthetic feet. The treatment has since been considered for use with humans. A book about Oscar's story, Oscar the Bionic Cat was published in 2013. This book is written by Kate Allan and was first published in 2013.

Oscar (therapy cat)

Oscar is a therapy cat living in the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. since 2005. He came to public attention in 2007 when he was featured in an article by geriatrician David Dosa in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to Dosa, Oscar appears able to predict the impending death of terminally ill patients by choosing to nap next to people a few hours before they die. Hypotheses for this ability include that Oscar is picking up on the lack of movement in such patients or that the he can smell biochemicals released by dying cells.

Oscar was also the subject of Dosa's 2010 book, Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat.

Oscar (footballer, born 1991)

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior (; born 9 September 1991), better known as simply Oscar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English club Chelsea F.C and the Brazil national team.

Oscar began his career at São Paulo, and in 2009, he went to court against the club due to irregularities in his contract. After a series of controversies, he left for Internacional, where he spent the next three years of his career. His displays for club and country led to him signing for Chelsea for a fee of £19.35 million.

He is a Brazilian international and has represented his country at the under-20 level, at the 2012 London Olympics and at senior level. On 20 August 2011, Oscar scored three goals in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup final win against Portugal, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final. Oscar later described his performances at the tournament as being a "gateway to the senior side." His playing style and ability have drawn comparison to compatriot Kaká.

Oscar (opera)

Oscar is an American opera in two acts, with music by composer Theodore Morrison and a libretto by Morrison and English opera director John Cox. The opera, Morrison's first, is based on the life of Oscar Wilde, focused on his trial and imprisonment in Reading Gaol. It was a co-commission and co-production between The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia (formerly the Opera Company of Philadelphia). This work received its world premiere at The Santa Fe Opera on 27 July 2013. Opera Philadelphia first presented the revised version of the opera on 6 February 2015.

The genesis of the opera resulted from a 2004 meeting in London between Morrison and Cox, after the premiere of Morrison's James Joyce song cycle, Chamber Music, which he wrote for countertenor David Daniels, a former student of his. Upon learning that Morrison had never composed an opera, but wished to write one for Daniels, Cox encouraged that idea. This led to correspondence between Cox and Morrison, and an agreement to collaborate on an opera based on the subject of Oscar Wilde. Cox and Morrison had each read the biography of Wilde by Richard Ellmann, and settled on a plan for co-authorship of an opera libretto based on the writings of Oscar Wilde and his contemporaries, with Walt Whitman serving as a chorus speaking from the realm of immortality. The opera used Wilde's poem " The Ballad of Reading Gaol", documents, letters, conversations and remarks by Wilde's contemporaries as source material for the libretto. Cox also consulted Merlin Holland, the grandson of Oscar Wilde and a scholar on Oscar Wilde.

Usage examples of "oscar".

And yes, there were certainly movie scenes in the offices looking out over the mines, the noise, the smoke, but this character Bagby, they remembered a minor character in the movie, kind of a straight man, a foil, short, fat, foul mouthed, a kind of a Punchinello, Oscar, real opera buffa, Bagby in one or two crude dimensions maybe, a stock character, a comic device.

It was Adam who contacted Oscar because they were at Abadan station together.

Taking it all in all, Helen and I felt that it was a kind stroke of fortune which had brought Oscar to us.

We faced each other and pushed our shoes against each other, each of us bracing like an Alpinist inching his way up a rock chimneymy socks against her tennis shoes, rather, for my shoes were still on my workbench, so far as I knew I wondered if they had simply dumped Oscar in the pasture and if Dad would find him.

Middle Border Museum and Oscar Howe Art Center, which displays American Indian beadwork and porcupine quillwork.

Oscar, more film awards than we can easily count, and a following whose blindest followers resemble cult members.

Laurent and Oscar de la Renta, think the King Croesus and shopping at all those gorgeous Madison Avenue boutiques.

Oscar was driving wildly, dangerously close to slamming into the traffic or running up onto the sidewalk, and naturally enough, Debs was not going to let herself lose this kind of pissing contest.

Oscar Malitte, of Dehra Doon, of a very large skull of this sheep, with the measurements given.

The druidical powers of Curley Greenleaf and Gellor were yoked with the magic of the wizard, Oscar, to create novel surprises such as sticks suddenly turning into venomous snakes when someone passed, trees that would become partially sentient and attack with their great limbs, and the like.

The celebrity event and, of course, the Oscars and all the celebrations surrounding it, require that I make sure Kristy Burke back at Gotham Central will be sending the appropriate gowns and accessories, immediately.

The Bat was shorter than Oscar, more kind of pint-sized, very ratty and low-rent, with long Brylcreem greaseball hair swept back in hoodlum waves, and this brown mole just to the right of his nose.

For at least the hundredth time in two weeks, he told me that the Eurovision show was, after the Olympics and the Oscars, the most-watched TV program in the world.

I have great respect, Joseph Kanon, once expressed to me his opinion that acknowledgments at the beginning of novels have all the inspirational qualities for him of speeches given by those receiving Oscars.

Fingerhood, Jimmy, her co-star, her husband, the movie composer she screwed in desperation the night she lost the Oscar, the cameraman whose only interest was her labia minora which he said resembled a pink tea rose, the construction worker she picked up on a dare and was let down by with a bang, even the midgetthey all agreed she was a washout in bed.