- Also Viv·i·en. Arthurian Romance. an enchantress, the mistress of Merlin: known as the Lady of the Lake.
- Also Vivien, Vi·v·ienne. a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “alive.”
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Examples from the Web for vivian
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After Vivian died, I could no longer say what God meant to me.
To me this place is holy and this ritual sacred, but strangely, however close I feel to Vivian, I feel distant from God.
Even so, they may know little about the damage caused to the girl, says Vivian Fouad from the NPC.Egypt: Stop Mutilating Little Girls!
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"As long as the party is in the right, I presume, you mean," said Vivian.
"I would not deceive her, or any woman living, upon any account," said Vivian.
Vivian, of course, cursed ambition, as all men do whilst they are in love.
Vivian's countenance contradicted this last assertion most positively.
"I suppose I must have heard it; but I really forgot it," said Vivian.
- (in Arthurian legend) the mistress of Merlin, sometimes identified with the Lady of the Lake
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Word Origin and History for vivian
masc. proper name, from Latin Vivianus (cf. French Vivien), literally "living, alive," (see vivid). But Klein says it is "prob. a misreading of the Celtic name Ninian."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper