- a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “bringer of victory.”
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Contemporary Examples of berenice
Peppy Miller (Berenice Béjo) is the admiring ingénue who gets her big break on the soundstage.‘The Artist’: Golden Globe Winner Jean Dujardin on Its Surprise Ending
January 16, 2012
He flirts with a female co-star, Peppy (Berenice Bejo), but the real love of his life is his dog.Hollywood's Top Dog: 'The Artist' Star Uggie
December 5, 2011
He set up a portrait studio, and hired Berenice Abbott as his assistant.Man Ray Revealed
November 12, 2009
Historical Examples of berenice
Berenice accepted of the ring in the most gracious, the most graceful manner.
I was in hopes of one moment, one explanatory word or look from Berenice.
I was obliged to resign Berenice to the care of her attendants.
My object, of course, was now merely to have the pleasure of accompanying Berenice.
But how new did it all appear in looking at it with Berenice!
Word Origin and History for berenice
fem. proper name, from Latin Berenice, from Macedonian Greek Berenike (classical Greek Pherenike), literally "bringer of victory," from pherein "to bring" (see infer) + nike "victory." The constellation Berenice's hair is from the story of the pilfered locks of the wife of Ptolemy Euergetes, king of Egypt, c.248 B.C.E., which the queen cut off as an offering to Venus. The constellation features a dim but visible star cluster. But the earliest use of the phrase in astronomy in English was as a name for the star Canopus (1601).