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  1. died 11 b.c., sister of Roman emperor Augustus and wife of Marc Anthony.
  2. a.d. c42–62, Roman empress, wife of Nero.
  3. a female given name.
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  • He makes a pact with the young Cæsar, by marrying Cæsar's sister Octavia.

    William Shakespeare

    John Masefield

  • Claudius and Messalina had one child—a daughter, named Octavia.


    Jacob Abbott

  • Octavia, the daughter of Claudius and Messalina, was a little younger.


    Jacob Abbott

  • This statue is said to have been found in the forum of Octavia at Rome.

  • His sister Octavia received them into her own house and intrusted their education to Archibius.

British Dictionary definitions for octavia


  1. died 11 bc, wife of Mark Antony; sister of Augustus
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Word Origin and History for octavia


fem. proper name, from Latin, fem. of Octavius, literally "the eighth" (see Octavian).

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