Definitions

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  • proper n. A female given name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. empress of Russia who greatly increased the territory of the empire (1729-1796)
  • n. first wife of Henry VIII; Henry VIII's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536)

Etymologies

From French Catherine, from Ancient Greek Αἰκατερίνη, *Ἑκατερίνη (Hekaterine), of debated meaning, possibly from ἑκάτερος (hekateros, "each of the two"), or from the name of the goddess Hecate. The spelling with 'h' in Latin languages, German and English, is due to a folk etymology, dating from Roman times, which associated the name with the Ancient Greek καθαρός (katharos, "pure"). The name belonged to a 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on the wheel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Stairs_, Lappet in _The Miser_, Catherine in _Catherine and Petruchio_,

    The Case of Mrs. Clive

  • Albert V) say if he finds a writer confounding _Catherine_ and _Thomas_ Macaulay as "the celebrated author of the great Whig History of England" -- a confusion hardly worse than that of the two Eachards -- for Catherine, though now forgotten by an ungrateful public, made quite as much noise in her day as Thomas does in ours.

    Famous Reviews

  • She was given the name Catherine Variety Sheridan—her middle name for the club and her last name for the theater outside which she had been found.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Without another word Catherine reached back, grabbed hold of the flat with both hands, and proceeded to swing it around.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love

  • A Volkwagen Golf with a replacement wing mirror and 62,000 miles on the clock is on sale for a minimum of £20,000 because the log book holds the name "Catherine Middleton".

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

  • He didn't like what they called Catherine's mother either.

    For The Roses

  • "She has never really liked the name Catherine, although her mother insisted she should be called that when she went to Marlborough," a confidant reveals.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Catherine is a very common name, but I often find clusters of less common names in a given workplace, e.g. Karina/Corinna in one place and 3 different Vals in another.

    Archive: Oct 08 - Mar 09

  • David and RTD kept praising Billie ... then quickly adding in Catherine Tate and others.

    Meaningless Doctor Who Quotes

  • Thats interesting that Catherine is going to work with them again after how they treated her.

    Twilight Lexicon » Catherine Hardwicke to Work With Summit Again

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