Magdalene

[mag-duh-leen, -luh n, mag-duh-lee-nee]
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noun

(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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Magdalene

noun

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Word Origin and History for magdalene

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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