[suh-bree-nuh, -brahy-]


a female given name: from the Latin word for the river Severn. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sabrina

Historical Examples of sabrina

  • People said now, as they had in her youth, that Sabrina Thorne had the skin of a baby.

  • "You go out to him, dear," urged Sabrina, as if she could not say it fast enough.

  • "Well, I call that kinder long-headed, myself," said Sabrina.

  • "Come into the house, Sabrina," said Clelia, in a muffled voice.

  • "He has given me up, Sabrina," she moaned, between her sobs.

Word Origin and History for sabrina


fem. proper name, personified as a nymph by Milton in "Comus" (1634), from a Welsh tale of a maiden drowned in the river Severn by her stepmother, a legend found in Geoffrey of Monmouth and Giraldus Cambrensis. The name appears to be the Romanized form of the name of the River Severn (Welsh Hafren, Habren), which is Celtic and of unknown origin; it perhaps means "boundary." Sabrina neckline is from the 1954 film "Sabrina" starring Audrey Hepburn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper