• (British) IPA: /ˈæl.ɪs/
Proper noun
  1. A female given name popular in England since the Middle Ages.
    • 1380s-1390s, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale:attention en
      That Iankin clerk, and my gossib dame Alis, / And I my-self, in-to the feldes wente.
    • 1871 Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, Chapter 6:
      "My name is Alice, but—"
      "It's a stupid name enough!" Humpty Dumpty interrupted impatiently. "What does it mean?"
      "Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully.
      "Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh, "my name means the shape I am—and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost."
    • 1968 Kurt Vonnegut, Welcome to the Monkey House, Delacorte Press, page xiv:
      She was heavenly to look at, and graceful, both in and out of water. She was a sculptress. She was christened 'Alice', but she used to deny that she was really an Alice. I agreed. Everybody agreed. Sometime in a dream maybe I will find out what her real name was.
  2. (cryptography, physics) The person or system that sends a message to another person or system conventionally known as Bob.
    • 1978, V.S. Bagad, I.A. Dhotre, Computer Networks, Technical Publications (ISBN 9788184315639), page 6-31 ↗:
      Alice sends the message, "I am Alice," to Bob. Bob chooses a nonce, N and sends it to Alice. Alice encrypts the nonce using Alice and Bob's symmetric secret key, K_{A-B}, and sends the encrypted nonce, K_{A-B}(N) back to Bob.
    • 2009, N. David Mermin, It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity, Princeton University Press (ISBN 9781400830848), page gbooks 3K1zr8XrtZoC:
      Alice opens her lantern, Bob opens his the instant he sees Alice's, and Alice notes the time T that passes between the moment she opens hers and the moment she sees the light returning to her from Bob's.
  3. (AU, slang, often with "the") Alice Springs, Australia.
    • 2002, Sylvia Lawson, Budgerigars, and Positions of Ignorance, in How Simone de Beauvoir died in Australia: stories and essays, [ page 17],
      At that point in my second visit to the Alice, I'd been there only a day. […] they're doing Australia in two weeks, with a few days each for Sydney, the Alice and the Rock, Kakadu and Cairns.
    • 2003, Janet Judy McIntyre-Mills, quoting Olive Veverbrants, Critical systemic praxis for social and environmental justice (page 27),
      In 1892 my Chinese grandfather lived in Alice.
    • 2004, Larry Habegger, Travelers' Tales Australia: True Stories (page 7),
      "Don't waste yer time in The Alice, get out and see the country — that's what yer 'ere for."
  4. A city in North Dakota.
  5. A city/county seat in Jim Wells County, Texas.
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  • Alice Springs (city)
Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: Alice
  • Portuguese: Alice


Alice (uncountable)

  1. (military, US, initialism) All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment.

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