Definitions

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  • proper noun A female given name.

Etymologies

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Diminutive of Priscilla

Examples

  • 'Cilla is no spring chicken, the grandmother of two, soon to be three kiddies.

    Second Acts | The Stiletto Gang

  • "'Cilla" -- that is what he called me -- "thee remembers the night and thy promise, and the lightning all around us, and who took thee to shore from the wrecked packet on the Bulkhead Bar."

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • Her powerful delivery also spawned a copycat school of female belters such as Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield.

    The Copycats

  • That's why I think any show she fronted would be less like Cilla's 90s TV stuff (Blind Date, Surpise, Surprise) and more like her 60's TV stuff ( 'Cilla').

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  • That's why I think any show she fronted would be less like Cilla's 90s TV stuff (Blind Date, Surpise, Surprise) and more like her 60's TV stuff ( 'Cilla').

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  • Blind Date, 2002Veteran telly fixture Cilla Black is described as "the result of a unholy union between Ronald McDonald and a blow-dried guinea pig".

    Charlie Brooker: 10 of the best Screen Burn columns

  • The dating show has had a makeover but Cilla Black hasn't changed – she still annoys the cogs off me

    Charlie Brooker's Screen burn: Blind Date

  • If this had happened on the BBC, O'Grady would have been suspended – and the director general under pressure from the press to resign – but the show would have been taped and de-fanged anyway: indeed, the BBC's latest guidelines cast doubt on most aspects of O'Grady's speech, including the mock sign of the cross with water and jokes about Cilla Black being incontinent.

    Paul O'Grady's socialist fury rant was a rare live-TV shock

  • Hence the changes: OUT goes "Our Graham" (the announcer who always referred to Cilla as "Cilla Blaaaaaaaah"), IN comes "Ditch or Date", a new gimmick which allows contestants to change their mind once the partition goes back, thereby making a mockery of the title and robbing the show of whatever tension it once had.

    Charlie Brooker's Screen burn: Blind Date

  • One thing that hasn't changed, of course, is Cilla.

    Charlie Brooker's Screen burn: Blind Date

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