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colleen

[kol-een, ko-leen] /ˈkɒl in, kɒˈlin/
noun
1.
an Irish girl.
Origin of colleen
1820-1830
1820-30; < Irish cailín, equivalent to caile girl, wench + -ín diminutive suffix

Colleen

[kol-een, ko-leen] /ˈkɒl in, kɒˈlin/
noun
1.
a female given name: from an Irish word meaning “girl.”.
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  • Black-browed and black-lashed, he had the luminous blue-gray-green eyes of the colleen.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • Tobin advertised in the papers, but nothing could be found of the colleen.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • And this colleen of mine, with her green cloak which she'd got from a theatrical costumier, represented a romantic ideal.

  • So the colleen left her, and came back, crying and frighted.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • That last––the thought that our skipper or the vessel might get mixed up in it––kept us aboard the colleen Bawn.

    The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for colleen

colleen

/ˈkɒliːn; kɒˈliːn/
noun
1.
an Irish word for girl
2.
an Irish girl
Word Origin
C19: from Irish Gaelic cailín a girl, a young unmarried woman
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Word Origin and History for colleen

Colleen

fem. proper name, from Irish cailin "girl," diminutive of caile "girl, woman."

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