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Magdalene

[mag-duh-leen, -luh n, mag-duh-lee-nee] /ˈmæg dəˌlin, -lən, ˌmæg dəˈli ni/
noun
1.
2.
(lowercase) a reformed prostitute.
3.
Also, Magdalen
[mag-duh-luh n] /ˈmæg də lən/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “woman of Magdala.”.
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magdalen

/ˈmæɡdəlɪn/
noun
1.
(literary) a reformed prostitute
2.
(rare) a reformatory for prostitutes
Word Origin
from MaryMagdalene

Magdalene

/ˈmæɡdəˌliːn; ˌmæɡdəˈliːnɪ/
noun
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Word Origin and History for magdalen
n.

"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.

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.

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