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[mag-duh-leen, -luh n, mag-duh-lee-nee] /ˈmæg dəˌlin, -lən, ˌmæg dəˈli ni/
(lowercase) a reformed prostitute.
Also, Magdalen
[mag-duh-luh n] /ˈmæg də lən/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “woman of Magdala.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She had thought when she confessed to magdalen that her misery had reached its lowest depths.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • It was just the same with the other magdalen tower at Taunton till its rebuilding.

  • She told him to go strait onwards to the convent of Saint magdalen; and, as he obeyed, she clung closely to his arm.

  • I think I have been delirious ever since that day I saw you first, magdalen.

  • They had just been taken for a week certain by two ladies who had paid in advance—those two ladies being magdalen and Mrs. Wragge.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • Thus it was that I, with others, was forced into Sister magdalen's cell.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Penn's course is not so clear in the matter of the presidency of magdalen College.

    William Penn George Hodges
  • "Not to them only, my dear magdalen," said Mr. Caryll, drily.

    Hoodie Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • The popular ballads of some of the southern nations give us the legend of the magdalen without mixture.

  • magdalen put out her hand and tried to draw the child to her.

    Hoodie Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for magdalen


(literary) a reformed prostitute
(rare) a reformatory for prostitutes
Word Origin
from MaryMagdalene


/ˈmæɡdəˌliːn; ˌmæɡdəˈliːnɪ/
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for magdalen

"reformed prostitute," 1690s, so called for Mary Magdalene, disciple of Christ (Luke viii:2), who often is identified with the penitent woman in Luke vii:37-50. See Magdalene.


fem. proper name, from Latin (Maria) Magdalena, from Greek Magdalene, literally "woman of Magdala," from Aramaic Maghdela, place on the Sea of Galilee, literally "tower." The vernacular form of the name, via French, has come to English as maudlin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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