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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In Arthurian legend, a woman who died of unrequited love of Lancelot.
  • n. In Arthurian legend, the mother of Galahad by Lancelot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as olein.

Etymologies

From Old French Elaine variant of Elene, cognate to Modern English Helen, ultimately from Ancient Greek. A Celtic origin has also been suggested since the name appears in Arthurian legend. (Wiktionary)

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