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[ok-tey-vee-uh] /ɒkˈteɪ vi ə/
died 11 b.c, sister of Roman emperor Augustus and wife of Marc Anthony.
a.d. c42–62, Roman empress, wife of Nero.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • "You can hold your tongue and wait, and not be ungrateful," was the response of Octavia Chattaway.

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He makes a pact with the young Cæsar, by marrying Cæsar's sister Octavia.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • In 53, Nero married Octavia, daughter of Claudius, and went right to housekeeping.

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

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • There was not a person on the little island who was not aware that Octavia was thus standing on the edge of the awful precipice.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for Octavia


died 11 bc, wife of Mark Antony; sister of Augustus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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