- a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for hortense
Hortense has long been shrouded in mystery and critical contempt, in part because so little is known about her.Sight Unseen: Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife
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In 1903, he married Hortense Mitchell, the daughter of a Chicago banker.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU
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She was very charming, my friend Hortense, but she troubled about nothing that was not chic.My Double Life
Then we are all going to Muriel's and Hortense's Sunday night spread.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
Hortense and Louis Napoleon could then return to their native land.
Both Hortense and Napoleon treated her with the greatest kindness.
There were but these four persons who were allowed to know that Hortense was in Paris.
- See (Eugénie Hortense de) Beauharnais
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Word Origin and History for hortense
fem. proper name, from Latin Hortensia, fem. of Hortensius, a Roman gens name, related to hortus "garden" (see yard (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper