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[ber-uh-nahy-see] /ˌbɛr əˈnaɪ si/
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “bringer of victory.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Although Renee was the champion at throwing goals, Berenice risked the score rather than give the play to the center.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Arsinoe, whom Lysimachus married, was the daughter of Ptolemy and Berenice.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • Berenice had two hundred francs left, on which they lived for two months.

  • They were near enough to the basket for a goal; but Berenice's opponent covered her.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Berenice gave her shoulders a shrug, lowered her eyelids until her eyes looked like little beads.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Erma and Mame in company with Berenice walked on down the corridor.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Determination shone in Helen's eyes as she gave Berenice a look that would have subdued a sensitive person.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
Word Origin and History for Berenice

fem. proper name, from Latin Berenice, from Macedonian Greek Berenike (classical Greek Pherenike), literally "bringer of victory," from pherein "to bring" (see infer) + nike "victory." The constellation Berenice's hair is from the story of the pilfered locks of the wife of Ptolemy Euergetes, king of Egypt, c.248 B.C.E., which the queen cut off as an offering to Venus. The constellation features a dim but visible star cluster. But the earliest use of the phrase in astronomy in English was as a name for the star Canopus (1601).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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