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[zuh-noh-bee-uh] /zəˈnoʊ bi ə/
(Septimia Bathzabbai) died after a.d. 272, queen of Palmyra in Syria a.d. 267–272.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Though history nowhere gives the first name of Zenobia, we learn from coins, that it was Septimia.

  • There, now, Zenobia and her daughter are almost out of sight.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Rocking from side to side, reeling across the road and back, trumpeting in imbecile inexpressive tones, Zenobia advanced.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • It has even less independent power than that of Palmyra had under Zenobia.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • While here she determined upon a statue of Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, and read much concerning her and her times.

    Lives of Girls Who Became Famous Sarah Knowles Bolton
  • The throne of Zenobia is mine, and yours too, if you will be good.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Zenobia was the queen of London, of fashion, and of the Tory party.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • Zenobia's betrothed brought me my domino, and the countess had hers already.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Tetricus might reign for a while over the West, and even Zenobia might preserve the dominion of the East.

  • This lace is yours, dearest Zenobia, if you will content me this moment.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for Zenobia


3rd century ad, queen of Palmyra (?267–272), who was captured by the Roman emperor Aurelian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Zenobia

fem. proper name, from Greek Zenobia, literally "the force of Zeus," from Zen, collateral form of Zeus, + bia "strength, force," cognate with Sanskrit jya "force, power" (see Jain).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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