Based on the Oxford dictionary Angus is either a type of beef or an area in Scotland while based on wikipedia it also means one and choice.

I have read in a book of baby names that the name "Angus" means superior and God-like. Is there any solid definition of this word? Does it have the meaning of being powerful as an an informal expression in English literature?

  • Godlike? Only to a Scot, surely! Can you tell us where you've heard thst Angus has the meaning superior or god-like? OED has none such, but thst's not necessarily definitive. Aug 8, 2017 at 4:06
  • @P.E.Dant How about if I want to use this meaning in a professional article (not in literature field)?
    – lonesome
    Aug 8, 2017 at 4:09
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    Baby name listings are not dictionaries. Those are the meanings of the name "Angus". You could not then say: "The Arsenal team this year is Angus". "Angus" is not an adjective. In the phrase "Angus Beef", it is an attributive or adjunct noun. We don't use proper names as modifers except in that way. Aug 8, 2017 at 4:16
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    On the contrary; "Susan" means "Graceful lily" in Hebrew, and in the original Germanic, "Robert" means "Famed, bright; shining." All names have a meaning, including "Angus". If you use "Angus" in the way you propose, no-one but you will know what you mean. Aug 8, 2017 at 4:28
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    @P.E.Dant - This is a fair question that deserves a thoughtful answer. You've pretty much answered the question through civil discourse, but how about turning the corner and summarizing in a succinct answer?
    – J.R.
    Aug 8, 2017 at 8:59

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Strange question. "A book for baby names" is absolutely 100% irrelevant to the meaning of "Angus". Take 3 of those kinds of books and they'll give you 3 different meanings. The dictionary definition and the "baby name definition" have absolutely nothing to do with one another.

So long story short: No, you can not use the meaning of the name "Angus" in literature by definition of what is said in a "baby name book". As said before, if you do this, no one in existence will understand what you mean, it's basically the same as making up nonexistent words.

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