- an Irish girl.
Origin of colleen
1820–30; < Irish cailín, equivalent to caile girl, wench + -ín diminutive suffix
- a female given name: from an Irish word meaning “girl.”
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Examples from the Web for colleen
No one can understand how you feel when you visit Colleen and the kids.Beast Fiction: They Killed Our Brothers
September 14, 2014
His wife, Colleen, had been rinsing plates at the sink and putting them in the dishwasher.
Since then Colleen Howe hasn't missed more than four or five home games.
“They tell me the buses don't run here after 4:30,” Colleen said to him.
Misty White Sidell speaks to costume designer Colleen Atwood about the changes.‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Hits Broadway With Costumes by Colleen Atwood
Misty White Sidell
March 27, 2013
If we're dressing you as an Irish colleen, Mary Ellen, we'll do it properly.General John Regan
George A. Birmingham
Tobin advertised in the papers, but nothing could be found of the colleen.The Four Million
Bodagh, you have no nather in you—no bowels for your colleen dahs.Fardorougha, The Miser
Woman, there's a fortin' in ivery wurrd this colleen shpakes!Toto's Merry Winter
Laura E. Richards
So the colleen left her, and came back, crying and frighted.Wild Wales
- an Irish word for girl
- an Irish girl
C19: from Irish Gaelic cailín a girl, a young unmarried woman
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Word Origin and History for colleen
fem. proper name, from Irish cailin "girl," diminutive of caile "girl, woman."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper