colleen

[ kol-een, ko-leen ]
/ ˈkɒl in, kɒˈlin /

noun

an Irish girl.

Origin of colleen

1820–30; < Irish cailín, equivalent to caile girl, wench + -ín diminutive suffix

Definition for colleen (2 of 2)

Colleen

[ kol-een, ko-leen ]
/ ˈkɒl in, kɒˈlin /

noun

a female given name: from an Irish word meaning “girl.”
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colleen

/ (ˈkɒliːn, kɒˈliːn) /

noun

an Irish word for girl
an Irish girl

Word Origin for colleen

C19: from Irish Gaelic cailín a girl, a young unmarried woman
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Word Origin and History for colleen

Colleen


fem. proper name, from Irish cailin "girl," diminutive of caile "girl, woman."

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