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[mair-ee-an, mar-] /ˌmɛər iˈæn, ˌmær-/
the French Republic, personified as a woman.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The two Dutch ships, with a crew of about a hundred men, sailed alone for the Marianne Islands.

    The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Gerald is a student, and Marianne's cousin, who lives next door.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Although Marianne was expecting her eleventh child before long, she decided to accompany her husband.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • I like that scene where Violet and Marianne tell each other their love affairs.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Except for that, Marianne would have gone direct to him in obedience to her desires.

British Dictionary definitions for Marianne


/French marjan/
a female figure personifying the French republic after the Revolution (1789)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Marianne

fem. proper name, from French, a variant of Marian; sometimes anglicized as Mary Anne. Name of a republican secret society formed in France in 1851, hence "personification of the French Republic."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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