[ pol-ee-an-uh ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈæn ə /
an excessively or blindly optimistic person.
(often lowercase)Also Pol·ly·an·na·ish. unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some pollyanna notions about world peace.
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Origin of Pollyanna
First recorded in 1910–15; from the name of the child heroine in the novel Pollyanna (1913), written by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868–1920), American writer
OTHER WORDS FROM PollyannaPol·ly·an·na·ism, noun
Words nearby Pollyanna
, poll watcher
, polo coat
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How to use Pollyanna in a sentence
A couple of years at the White House would turn Pollyanna into Machiavelli.
And she turned away—Miss Polly's arrangements for the comfort of her niece, Pollyanna, were complete.
Pollyanna, standing at the bureau, gazed a little wistfully at the bare wall above.
At one of the windows, a few minutes later, Pollyanna gave a glad cry and clapped her hands joyously.
The next moment the window was wide open, and Pollyanna was leaning far out, drinking in the fresh, sweet air.
Pollyanna had made a wonderful discovery—against this window a huge tree flung great branches.
British Dictionary definitions for Pollyanna
a person who is constantly or excessively optimistic
Derived forms of PollyannaPollyannaish, adjective
Word Origin for Pollyanna
C20: after the chief character in Pollyanna (1913), a novel by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), US writer
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Cultural definitions for Pollyanna
(1913) A children's book by the American author Eleanor H. Porter. The title character is an orphan girl who, despite the difficulties of her life, is always extremely cheerful.
notes for Pollyanna
A “Pollyanna” remains excessively sweet-tempered and optimistic even in adversity.
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