[muh-voo r-neen, -vawr-, -vohr-]
- darling; dear.
Origin of mavourneen
First recorded in 1790–1800, mavourneen is from the Irish word mo mhuirnín my darling
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Examples from the Web for mavourneen
Ah, mavourneen, mavourneen, you'll never come back alive to me again.The Purcell Papers
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Ay, but you're not promisin', Bobby mavourneen; you're not promisin' all the time.
Mavourneen, you must save me quick, or worse will happen yet.Curly
Hallo, Kathleen mavourneen, I draw the line at the poker, young lady.The Tree of Knowledge</p>
Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
That you, Mavourneen, wish to set your heel on Ulster's head.
- Irish my darling
C18: from Irish, from mo my + muirnīn love
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