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[si-seel-yuh] /sɪˈsil yə/
Saint, died a.d. 230? Roman martyr: patron saint of music.
Also, Cecillia. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “blind.”. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Vaughan,' cried Cecilia Ossulton; 'you know it came from your heart.'

  • When the tomb of Saint Cecilia was opened an odour of roses came up from her coffin.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • "You know that he does not," said Cecilia, shaking her head.

    Kept in the Dark Anthony Trollope
  • I had the pleasure to perceive that Cecilia Delamere did not find me a fool.

  • Cecilia did not explain that Lamberti feared for his friend's life.

    Cecilia F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for Cecilia


Saint. died ?230 ad, Roman martyr; patron saint of music. Feast day: Nov 22
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Word Origin and History for Cecilia

fem. proper name, fem. of Cecil (q.v.).

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