Irene

[ ahy-ree-nee for 1; ahy-reen or, especially British, ahy-ree-nee for 2 ]
/ aɪˈri ni for 1; aɪˈrin or, especially British, aɪˈri ni for 2 /

noun

Classical Mythology. one of the Horae, the personification of peace.
Also I·re·na [ahy-ree-nuh, ih-rey-nuh]. /aɪˈri nə, ɪˈreɪ nə/. A female given name.

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Irene
/ (aɪˈriːnɪ) /

noun

?752–803 ad, Byzantine ruler (780–90, 792–97, joint ruler with her son Constantine VI; 797–802). She is venerated as a saint in the Greek Orthodox Church
Greek myth the goddess of peace
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