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[joh-zuh-feen, -suh-] /ˈdʒoʊ zəˌfin, -sə-/
Empress (Marie Joséphine Rose Tascher de la Pagerie) Beauharnais, Joséphine de.
a female given name: derived from Joseph. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Josephine anxiously ran her eye over the record of the executions, and found the name of her husband in the fatal list.

  • "Since he lives I fear nothing," said Josephine; and stood there and quivered from head to foot.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • It was represented to him that Josephine had fled from her home, afraid to meet the anger of her injured husband.

  • A spasm crossed Josephine's face, but she said nothing at the time.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • "M. Juve," cried Josephine, moving toward the inspector with her hand out.

    The Exploits of Juve Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
British Dictionary definitions for Josephine


Empress, previous name Joséphine de Beauharnais; real name Marie Joséphine Tascher de la Pagerie. 1763–1814, empress of France as wife of Napoleon Bonaparte (1796–1809)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Josephine

fem. proper name, from French Jósephine, fem. of Joseph. Another feminized form of it is Josepha.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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