- the. Mary Magdalene.
- (lowercase) a reformed prostitute.
- Also Mag·da·len [mag-duh-luh n] /ˈmæg də lən/. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “woman of Magdala.”
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Historical Examples of magdalen
You, at all events, my Olivia, can never become a Carmelite or a Magdalen.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
He completed his education at Queen's and Magdalen colleges, Oxford.Graded Poetry: Second Year
He had painted a Magdalen, which was really wonderfully beautiful.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
In the middle of Magdalen Bridge we met a woman with a child in her arms.
Fellowships were then sold, at Magdalen and New, when they were not given by favour.
magdalene (ˈmæɡdəˌliːn, ˌmæɡdəˈliːnɪ)
- literary a reformed prostitute
- rare a reformatory for prostitutes
Word Origin for magdalen
- See Mary Magdalene
Word Origin and History for magdalen
"reformed prostitute," 1690s, so called for Mary Magdalene, disciple of Christ (Luke viii:2), who often is identified with the penitent woman in Luke vii:37-50. See Magdalene.
fem. proper name, from Latin (Maria) Magdalena, from Greek Magdalene, literally "woman of Magdala," from Aramaic Maghdela, place on the Sea of Galilee, literally "tower." The vernacular form of the name, via French, has come to English as maudlin.