Definitions

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  • proper n. A female given name.

Etymologies

Of uncertain origin, used in Scotland since the sixteenth century; possibly from Latin orabilis "yielding to prayer" or a variant of Annabel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Arabella is haunted by the memory of Nora Hughes, a nearly perfect maidservant who preceded Bessy in

    The Observations by Jane Harris: Questions

  • Arabella is virtually obsessed with chronicling and analyzing the thoughts and actions of her maidservants.

    The Observations by Jane Harris: Questions

  • When she further discovers that Arabella is at work on a secret manuscript, a book of "observations" on the behavior of domestic servants, Bessy is horrified that her sordid past is not as carefully concealed as she has supposed.

    The Observations by Jane Harris: Questions

  • Thus he learnt, that while Mr. Pole was advancing toward the three grouped ladies, on the day of Mr.. Chump's arrival, he called Arabella by name, and Arabella went forward alone, and was engaged in conversation by

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • But I haven't named my children after him, even though they are called Arabella and Richard.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Her relatively nascent label Arabella, which pays homage to the "beautiful Arab woman" and supplies customised, traditional garb to her clients, put a set of dark stones-embellished yet minimalistic abayas on the catwalk.

    Khaleej Times : UAE News

  • One ought to love ugly Mary Thompson because she was so clean, God because he was so good, prating Mr. Scarby because he was so honest and paid all his son’s debts, scolding cousin Arabella because she was so capable, Mamma because she was so kind, Frederick because he was her husband.

    A Different Stripe:

  • “Do you know of a lady called Arabella Fermor?” he asked another man in the party.

    The Scandal of the Season

  • The tall ship that accompanied the Arabella was a Spanish vessel of twenty-six guns, the Santiago from Puerto Rico with a hundred and twenty thousand weight of cacao, forty thousand pieces of eight, and the value of ten thousand more in jewels.

    Captain Blood

  • "And," suggested Mr. Frederick, "shall we not all agree, for greater uniformity, to call her Arabella?"

    Arabella

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