[ahy-ree-nee for 1; ahy-reen or, esp. British, ahy-ree-nee for 2]
- Classical Mythology. one of the Horae, the personification of peace.
- Also I·re·na [ahy-ree-nuh, ih-rey-nuh] /aɪˈri nə, ɪˈreɪ nə/. A female given name.
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Examples from the Web for irene
“If agencies had to warranty that children are in good health, agencies would shut down,” said adoption attorney Irene Steffas.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids
October 30, 2014
A French journalist named Vincent moves to Lisbon to escape the source of his broken heart, a woman named Irene.
To draw Antonio away from Irene, Vincent decides to track down Duck.
Judge Irene Berger asked Hughart who had ordered him to give miners advance word of inspectors.Laurence Leamer on Coal Baron Donald Blankenship’s Downfall
May 11, 2013
Inside the trailer they found the bodies of 60-year-old Irene Celaya and her brother, Francisco Moreno, 61.Inside the Mass Slaying on California’s Tule River Indian Reservation
December 12, 2012
And just then come a shriek from the piazza; the Duchess and "Irene dear" had come out of the parlor.
Peter T. had 'em labeled the "Duchess" and "Irene dear" in a jiffy.
The Duchess and "Irene dear" gurgled and gushed and received congratulations.
"And you'll be proud of Irene when she comes home," she declared.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
Tell her Irene is too busy practising to answer her silly letters.Melomaniacs
- ?752–803 ad, Byzantine ruler (780–90, 792–97, joint ruler with her son Constantine VI; 797–802). She is venerated as a saint in the Greek Orthodox Church
- Greek myth the goddess of peace
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Word Origin and History for irene
fem. proper name, from French Irène, from Latin Irene, from Greek Eirene, literally "peace, time of peace."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper