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[dawr-uh-thee, dor-] /ˈdɔr ə θi, ˈdɒr-/
a female given name, form of Dorothea.


[diks] /dɪks/
Dorothea Lynde
[lind] /lɪnd/ (Show IPA),
(Dorothy) 1802–87, U.S. educator and social reformer.
Otto, 1891–1969, German painter and printmaker. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dorothy gulped down the lump in her throat, but made no reply.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
  • "You have no time to waste with him, Dorothy," said the woman coldly.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • I dont think Dorothy and Vivian had best know about that, do you?

  • "Dorothy will be with me," Mrs. Hallam answered for her, with cold defiance.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • "No, Dorothy, this poor child is no captive from the wilderness," he replied.

    Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Word Origin and History for Dorothy

fem. proper name, from French Dorothée, from Latin Dorothea, from Greek, literally "gift of God," from doron "gift" (see date (n.1)) + fem. of theos "god" (see Thea). With the elements reversed, it becomes Theodora. The accessory called a Dorothy bag is so called from 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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