Magdalene

[mag-duh-leen, -luh n, mag-duh-lee-nee]
noun
  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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Examples from the Web for magdalene

Contemporary Examples of magdalene

  • My way of relating to the Magdalene isn't the officially correct one, either.

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    Mary Magdalene and Me

    Tracy Quan

    November 10, 2009

  • Mary Magdalene's U.S. Visit Nov. 10 - 17, the Magdalene relics will revisit the New York metro area.

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    Mary Magdalene and Me

    Tracy Quan

    November 10, 2009

  • I don't agree with feminists who want to clean up the Magdalene's past.

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    Mary Magdalene and Me

    Tracy Quan

    November 10, 2009

  • She wore more black lace than a Goya duchess; the effect is that of the Magdalene, as dressed by Bill Blass.

Historical Examples of magdalene

  • 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?

    Saronia

    Richard Short

  • He did not see how the pale face of Magdalene tried to rush to him.


British Dictionary definitions for magdalene

Magdalene

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper