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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Albanian-born Indian nun noted for her charity work among India's poor. In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of sisters. She won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • proper noun A female given name, the Spanish and Italian form of Theresa.

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  • noun Indian nun and missionary in the Roman Catholic Church (born of Albanian parents in what is now Macedonia); dedicated to helping the poor in India (1910-1997)

Etymologies

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First recorded as the name of a fourth century Spanish saint. Of obscure origin, suggestions include Therasia or Thera, ancient name of the Greek island Thira.

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