- a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “pearl.”
Examples from the Web for margaret
Nothing made Groucho funnier than having this Margaret Dumont around not understanding the jokes.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
Old pictures of the couple show Horace decked out in a three-piece suit and diamond rings and Margaret swaddled in furs.
Margaret, in the blasted shock of sudden loss, sold most of her possessions and moved to Florida.
She lives with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Margaret, in suburban Washington, D.C.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
October 16, 2014
Margaret Thatcher had served under the Heath regime as Education Secretary and witnessed the miners topple the Conservative Party.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See
October 13, 2014
While Margaret groaned in bitterness, she heard a knock at the street door.The Wives of The Dead
And Margaret would sit in the rocking while he cut the leaves and found the place.
For the first time Margaret exhibited some interest in the conversation.
"I'm not going to be put off like that," said Margaret, laughing.
"I don't think Margaret has any," said Mrs. Howard, answering for her daughter.
- called the Maid of Norway. ?1282–90, queen of Scotland (1286–90); daughter of Eric II of Norway. Her death while sailing to England to marry the future Edward II led Edward I to declare dominion over Scotland
- 1353–1412, queen of Sweden (1388–1412) and regent of Norway and Denmark (1380–1412), who united the three countries under her rule
- Princess. 1930–2002, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Word Origin and History for margaret
fem. proper name (c.1300), from Old French Margaret (French Marguerite), from Late Latin Margarita, female name, literally "pearl," from Greek margarites (lithos) "pearl," of unknown origin, "probably adopted from some Oriental language" [OED]; cf. Sanskrit manjari "cluster of flowers," also said by Indian linguists to mean "pearl," cognate with manju "beautiful." Arabic marjan probably is from Greek, via Syraic marganitha. The word was widely perverted in Germanic languages by folk-etymology, cf. Old English meregrot, which has been altered to mean literally "sea-pebble."