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Leila

[lee-luh, ley-] /ˈli lə, ˈleɪ-/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • The stranger seated himself on the cushions, and motioned Leila to his side.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Leila, thou hast been nurtured with tenderness, and schooled with care.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And now it was not even Leila's parents who had interfered, apparently, but Leila herself.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • And yet surely Bulwer Lytton gave you a presentation copy of Leila.

  • I called several times at Paul's without seeing Leila again.

    Balthasar Anatole France
Word Origin and History for Leila

fem. proper name, from Arabic Laylah, literally "dark as night," from laylah "night."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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