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[grech-uh n; German greyt-shuh n] /ˈgrɛtʃ ən; German ˈgreɪt ʃən/
a female given name, form of Margaret. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A tumult followed, and Gretchen started up from her reverie, and heard among the restless murmurs the name of Mrs. Woods.

  • Gretchen, alone in the great capital, alone and a woman, what could she do?

  • The steins clicked crisply in Gretchen's arms; one of them fell and broke at her feet.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
  • He marked the fair Gretchen, and knew her at once from being with her father.

    The Ferryman of Brill William H. G. Kingston
  • The mutton was for a friend of mine; Gretchen was a pious fraud; all being fair in love and war.

Word Origin and History for Gretchen

fem. proper name, German diminutive of Greta, a German and Swedish pet form of Margaret. Somestimes used as a typical German female name, also sometimes in reference to the name of the simple girl seduced by Faust.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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