[grech-uh n; German greyt-shuh n]


a female given name, form of Margaret. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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fem. proper name, German diminutive of Greta, a German and Swedish pet form of Margaret. Somestimes used as a typical German female name, also sometimes in reference to the name of the simple girl seduced by Faust.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper