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

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

  • Luke: “Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils” (viii, 2).

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • He did not see how the pale face of Magdalene tried to rush to him.

  • Pepys collected a very interesting library, which is now preserved in a fireproof room in Magdalene College, Cambridge.

    English Book Collectors William Younger Fletcher
  • This demand of the lady would only delay his meeting with Magdalene.

British Dictionary definitions for Magdalene


/ˈmæɡdəˌliːn; ˌmæɡdəˈliːnɪ/
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Magdalene in the Bible

a surname derived from Magdala, the place of her nativity, given to one of the Marys of the Gospels to distinguish her from the other Marys (Matt. 27:56, 61; 28:1, etc.). A mistaken notion has prevailed that this Mary was a woman of bad character, that she was the woman who is emphatically called "a sinner" (Luke 7:36-50). (See MARY.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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