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[mag-duh-leen, -luh n, mag-duh-lee-nee]
  1. the. Mary Magdalene.
  2. (lowercase) a reformed prostitute.
  3. 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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  • The critics of the large cities discussed this modern Magdalene.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Schumann-Heink, as Magdalene in Meistersinger, was simply grotesque.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • I would to God we would follow this example, and be like unto Magdalene.

  • There is a story told that He sheltered Magdalene—and why not me?


    Richard Short

  • And yet he could have devoured the beautiful Magdalene with his eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for magdalene


  1. See Mary Magdalene
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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