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Ethel

[eth-uh l]
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noun
  1. a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “noble.”
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  • It was hard to meet Ethel—and Milly and Mrs. Baker afterwards.

  • I would have been glad, for Ethel is a dear child, and I had given you sorrow enough.

  • They all belonged to the dream, even Ethel, and now he had got back to the reality.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • There was no hurry, Ethel had told him so frankly, no other suitor being in the running.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • "You have got to thank me for it all, Jimmy," Ethel said, when he came to her for congratulations.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt


Word Origin and History for ethel

Ethel

fem. proper name, originally a shortening of Old English Etheldred, Ethelinda, etc., in which the first element means "nobility."

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