agnes, st.

Agnes

[ag-nis]
noun
1.
Saint, a.d. 292?–304?, Roman Catholic child martyr.
2.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “chaste.”
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Agnes (ˈæɡnɪs)
 
n
Saint. ?292--?304 ad, Christian child martyr under Diocletian. Feast day: Jan 21

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Agnes
fem. proper name, 1160, from O.Fr., from Gk. Hagne "pure, chaste," from fem. of hagnos "holy." St. Agnes, martyred 303 C.E., is patron saint of young girls, hence the folk connection of St. Agnes' Eve (Jan. 20-21) with love divinations. In M.E., frequently as Annis, Annys. In U.S., among the top 50 names
for girls born between 1887 and 1919.
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