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[kloh-ee] /ˈkloʊ i/
the lover of Daphnis in a Greek pastoral romance.
a female given name.
Origin of Chloe
< Greek chlóē young green vegetation, akin to chlōrós chlor-1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I cannot say that Chloe actually blushed, or, if she did, the spectators were none the wiser for the weakness.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • With every pleasing, every prudent part, Say, what can Chloe want?

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • I shouldn't blame Chloe if she put us on short commons this morning, we are shamefully late.

  • I recognised at a glance who these were—they were the little Chloe and her mother!

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Chloe called me "Tommy," and made sisterly fun of my attempts to woo her.

    Options O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for Chloe


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Chloe

fem. proper name, Latin, from Greek Khloe, literally "young green shoot;" related to khloros "greenish-yellow," from PIE *ghlo- variant of root *ghel- "to shine," also yielding words for "yellow" (cf. Latin helvus "yellowish, bay," Gallo-Latin gilvus "light bay;" Lithuanian geltonas "yellow;" Old Church Slavonic zlutu, Polish żółty, Russian zeltyj "yellow;" Sanskrit harih "yellow, tawny yellow," hiranyam "gold;" Avestan zari "yellow;" Old English geolu, geolwe, Modern English yellow, German gelb "yellow") and "green" (cf. Latin galbus "greenish-yellow;" Greek khloros "greenish-yellow color," kholos "bile;" Lithuanian zalias "green," zelvas "greenish;" Old Church Slavonic zelenu, Polish zielony, Russian zelenyj "green;" Old Irish glass, Welsh and Breton glas "green," also "gray, blue").

Buck says the interchange of words for yellow and green is "perhaps because they were applied to vegetation like grass, cereals, etc., which changed from green to yellow." It is possible that this whole group of yellow-green words is related to PIE root *ghlei- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Chloe in the Bible

verdure, a female Christian (1 Cor. 1:11), some of whose household had informed Paul of the divided state of the Corinthian church. Nothing is known of her.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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