Catherine

or Cath·er·yn

[ kath-er-in, kath-rin ]
/ ˈkæθ ər ɪn, ˈkæθ rɪn /
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noun

a female given name.

Definition for catherine (2 of 4)

Catherine I


noun

Marfa Skavronskaya, 1684?–1727, Lithuanian wife of Peter the Great: empress of Russia 1725–27.

Definition for catherine (3 of 4)

Catherine II


noun

Sophia Augusta of Anhalt-ZerbstCatherine the Great, 1729–96, empress of Russia 1762–96.

Definition for catherine (4 of 4)

Greenaway

[ green-uh-wey ]
/ ˈgrin əˌweɪ /

noun

KateCatherine, 1846–1901, English painter and author and illustrator of children's books.
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British Dictionary definitions for catherine (1 of 4)

Catherine

/ (ˈkæθrɪn) /

noun

Saint. died 307 ad, legendary Christian martyr of Alexandria, who was tortured on a spiked wheel and beheaded

British Dictionary definitions for catherine (2 of 4)

Catherine I


noun

?1684–1727, second wife of Peter the Great, whom she succeeded as empress of Russia (1725–27)

British Dictionary definitions for catherine (3 of 4)

Catherine II


noun

known as Catherine the Great. 1729–96, empress of Russia (1762–96), during whose reign Russia extended her boundaries at the expense of Turkey, Sweden, and Poland: she was a patron of literature and the arts

British Dictionary definitions for catherine (4 of 4)

Greenaway

/ (ˈɡriːnəˌweɪ) /

noun

Kate. 1846–1901, English painter, noted as an illustrator of children's books
Peter. born 1942, British film director; noted for such cerebral films as The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), Prospero's Books (1990), and Eight and a Half Women (1999)
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Word Origin and History for catherine

Catherine


fem. proper name, from French Catherine, from Medieval Latin Katerina, from Latin Ecaterina, from Greek Aikaterine. The -h- was introduced 16c., probably a folk etymology from Greek katheros "pure." The initial Greek vowel is preserved in Russian form Ekaterina.

As the name of a type of pear, attested from 1640s. Catherine wheel (early 13c.) is named for St. Catherine of Alexandria, legendary virgin martyr from the time of Maximinus who was tortured on a spiked wheel. Her name day is Nov. 25. A popular saint in the Middle Ages, which accounts for the popularity of the given name.

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