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Sharon

[shuh-rohn for 1 shar-uh n for 2–5] /ʃəˈroʊn for 1 ˈʃær ən for 2–5/
noun
1.
Ariel, 1928–2014, Israeli military and political leader; prime minister 2001–06.
2.
a fertile coastal plain in ancient Palestine: now a coastal region N of Tel Aviv in Israel.
3.
a city in W Pennsylvania.
4.
a town in E Massachusetts.
5.
Also, Sharen. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “a plain or flat area.”.
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  • If only her name were not Rose, and if only she were not coming from Sharon.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Listen, Rose of Sharon, for this is really the point on which I came to hold counsel.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • And Besso needs no hakeem, or you would not be here, my Rose of Sharon.'

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Is it the breeze that has travelled over the plain of Sharon from the sea?

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Compared with Sharon the plain of Acre is unimportant and of small extent.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
British Dictionary definitions for Sharon

Sharon1

/ʃəˈrɒn/
noun
1.
Ariel (ˈærɪəl). born 1928, Israeli soldier and politician; Likud prime minister (2001–06)

Sharon2

/ˈʃærən/
noun
1.
Plain of Sharon, a plain in W Israel, between the Mediterranean and the hills of Samaria, extending from Haifa to Tel Aviv
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Word Origin and History for Sharon

fem. proper name; from the name of the fertile coastal plain between Jaffa and Mount Carmel, from Hebrew, short for yesharon, properly "the Plain," from stem of yashar "was straight, was even" (cf. Hebrew mishor "level land, plain"). A top-10 list name for girls born in the U.S. between 1943 and 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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