What does Earnest mean?

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Proper noun
  1. A male given name, an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.
  1. A male given name of Teutonic origin.
    1. (meaning, history) The serious, earnest one.
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The Importance of Being Earnest is regarded in some circles as being Wilde's best work.
The Importance of Being Earnest plays like an over-embellished cake that topples under the weight of its own decoration.
Has the hanky joined the gold Albert and the gentleman's sovereign-case, objects surviving only as props in The Forsyte Saga and The Importance of Being Earnest?
The director goes one step further with his contemporary spin by garbing actors with clothes that look like something out of The Importance of Being Earnest.
Jack has meanwhile proposed to Gwendolen in town, also under the name of Earnest.
Earnest attempts at spin aside, the facts lead directly to accusations of a flip-flop.

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