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Agnes

[ag-nis]
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noun
  1. Saint,a.d. 292?–304?, Roman Catholic child martyr.
  2. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “chaste.”
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  • My cousin, Miss Agnes Lynch, must be very careful as to her associates.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She says they're vulgar for an innocent country girl like her cousin, Agnes Lynch.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Agnes was thus covered from her neck to her ankles with a stream of golden hair.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Where in the world had she ever found so ridiculous an idea as to think that Agnes would be angry with her!

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Could it be that Agnes, her guardian angel, was angry in the knowledge that she was happy?

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for agnes

Agnes

noun
  1. Saint. ?292–?304 ad, Christian child martyr under Diocletian. Feast day: Jan 21
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Word Origin and History for agnes

Agnes

fem. proper name, mid-12c., from Old French Agnes, from Greek Hagne "pure, chaste," from fem. of hagnos "holy," from PIE *yag- "to worship, reverence" (see hagiology). St. Agnes, martyred 303 C.E., is patron saint of young girls, hence the folk connection of St. Agnes' Eve (Jan. 20-21) with love divinations. In Middle English, frequently phonetically as Annis, Annys. In U.S., among the top 50 names for girls born between 1887 and 1919.

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