- a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “noble.”
Examples from the Web for ethel
In 1919, Ethel Parsons and Telfor Paullin made a painting that lifts hearts and souls, just by being fine art.The Merriest Yule to One and All!
December 23, 2013
So welcome back, Edna and Ethel; come on down, Gertrude and Percy; walk right in, Wilhelmina and Wolfgang.Hot Baby Names for 2014
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December 6, 2013
The elevator descended with a draft," he writes, "chilling Ethel in all the damp spots.What the Leaked J.D. Salinger Stories Reveal About the Author
November 30, 2013
In 1960, she made her Broadway debut in Gypsy, opposite Ethel Merman.June Squibb, the Curse-Happy Elderly Mom In ‘Nebraska,’ Delivers the Year’s Funniest Turn
November 15, 2013
Lucy and Ethel wish to go to a nightclub, while Ricky and Fred would rather go see a fight.The Week in Nostalgia: ‘Fight Club’ Hits Theaters, Cyndi Lauper’s Album Drops, and More (VIDEO)
October 19, 2013
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.
There was no hurry, Ethel had told him so frankly, no other suitor being in the running.
"You have got to thank me for it all, Jimmy," Ethel said, when he came to her for congratulations.
Word Origin and History for ethel
fem. proper name, originally a shortening of Old English Etheldred, Ethelinda, etc., in which the first element means "nobility."