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[si-lee-nee] /sɪˈli ni/
the Greek goddess of the moon.
Compare Thyone.
Also, Selena. a female given name.
Origin of Selene
From the Greek word Selḗnē the moon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On this point he solemnly assured himself as he knocked at Selene's door.

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  • With a gesture of despair he turned to leave the room but Selene detained him.

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  • Belle showed signs of fatigue, so Selene made her comfortable on the divan.

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  • Belle sat down and laughed again, and this time Selene joined in.

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  • Wherever Selene peeped she saw faces, and they all wore an expression of grief.

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  • Send me up a dress-pattern off this coral-pink sample for Selene.

  • Didn't Lester want to—to come in for a while, Selene, to—to see—me?

  • But I'll do it, if I got to trust the store for a year to a child like Selene.

  • These spells—- they ain't good for a young girl like Selene to hear.

  • That's the only way poor gramaw can live—or die—happy, Selene.

British Dictionary definitions for Selene


the Greek goddess of the moon Roman counterpart Luna
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Selene

moon goddess, equivalent of Latin Luna, from Greek selene "the moon; name of the moon goddess," related to selas "light, brightness, bright flame, flash of an eye," from PIE root *swel- (2) "to shine, beam" (cf. Sanskrit svargah "heaven," Lithuanian svilti "to singe," Old English swelan "to be burnt up," Middle Low German swelan "to smolder"); related to swelter, sultry. Related: Selenian "of or pertaining to the moon as a world," 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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