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[kon-stuh ns] /ˈkɒn stəns/
Lake. German Boden·see. a lake in W Europe, bounded by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. 46 miles (74 km) long; 207 sq. mi. (536 sq. km).
German Konstanz. a city in S Germany, on this lake: important church council 1414–18.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • Her words, her look, the tone of her voice touched Constance to the heart.

    Fan W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
  • Constance would willingly have commenced the daily routine at an earlier hour.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • You can't help it, Constance, but it's a pity, for you are so nice.

    The Twilight of the Souls Louis Couperus
  • "That is one of the habits I must alter in the children," thought Constance.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Could she be under any misapprehension as to his position with regard to Constance?

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for Constance


a city in S Germany, in Baden-Württemberg on Lake Constance: tourist centre. Pop: 80 716 (2003 est) German name Konstanz
Lake Constance, a lake in W Europe, bounded by S Germany, W Austria, and N Switzerland, through which the Rhine flows. Area: 536 sq km. (207 sq miles) German name Bodensee
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Word Origin and History for Constance



mid-14c., "steadfastness," from Old French constance "steadfastness, permanence" (14c.), from Latin constantia (source of Italian costanza, Spanish constancia), noun of action from constantem (see constant (adj.)). Obsolete since 17c. except as a given name for a girl, which enjoyed a mild popularity in U.S. c.1945-1955.

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