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Irene

[ahy-ree-nee for 1; ahy-reen or, esp. British, ahy-ree-nee for 2]
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noun
  1. Classical Mythology. one of the Horae, the personification of peace.
  2. Also I·re·na [ahy-ree-nuh, ih-rey-nuh] /aɪˈri nə, ɪˈreɪ nə/. A female given name.
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  • And just then come a shriek from the piazza; the Duchess and "Irene dear" had come out of the parlor.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Peter T. had 'em labeled the "Duchess" and "Irene dear" in a jiffy.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The Duchess and "Irene dear" gurgled and gushed and received congratulations.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "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

    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for irene

Irene

noun
  1. ?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
  2. Greek myth the goddess of peace
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Word Origin and History for irene

Irene

fem. proper name, from French Irène, from Latin Irene, from Greek Eirene, literally "peace, time of peace."

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