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or ma·vour·nin

[muh-voo r-neen, -vawr-, -vohr-]
noun Irish English.
  1. darling; dear.
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Origin of mavourneen

First recorded in 1790–1800, mavourneen is from the Irish word mo mhuirnín my darling
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Examples from the Web for mavourneen

Historical Examples

  • Ah, mavourneen, mavourneen, you'll never come back alive to me again.

    The Purcell Papers

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Ay, but you're not promisin', Bobby mavourneen; you're not promisin' all the time.

  • Mavourneen, you must save me quick, or worse will happen yet.


    Roger Pocock

  • Hallo, Kathleen mavourneen, I draw the line at the poker, young lady.

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds

  • That you, Mavourneen, wish to set your heel on Ulster's head.

British Dictionary definitions for mavourneen



  1. Irish my darling
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Word Origin

C18: from Irish, from mo my + muirnīn love
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