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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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  • The critics of the large cities discussed this modern Magdalene.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Schumann-Heink, as Magdalene in Meistersinger, was simply grotesque.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • I would to God we would follow this example, and be like unto Magdalene.

  • There is a story told that He sheltered Magdalene—and why not me?

    Saronia Richard Short
  • And yet he could have devoured the beautiful Magdalene with his eyes.

  • Magdalene understood the glance, and her face crimsoned to her very hair.

British Dictionary definitions for Magdalene

Magdalene

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