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[har-ee-uh t] /ˈhær i ət/
a female given name, form of Harry.
Also, Harriette, Harrietta
[har-ee-et-uh] /ˌhær iˈɛt ə/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Harriet's climbing was not so rapid as to make her dizzy; but business was coming.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • This assurance satisfied the others, but it did not satisfy Harriet.

  • I got him into my study and shut the door so that Harriet would not be disturbed.

    Hempfield David Grayson
  • Night fell, and Harriet stole forth to the place designated.

  • In the meantime Harriet and George were discussing the beauties of the place.

Word Origin and History for Harriet

fem. proper name, the English equivalent of French Henriette, fem. diminutive of Harry.

We think that gentlemen lose a particle of their respect for young ladies who allow their names to be abbreviated into such cognomens as Kate, Madge, Bess, Nell, &c. Surely it is more lady-like to be called Catharine, Margaret, Eliza, or Ellen. We have heard the beautiful name Virginia degraded into Jinny; and Harriet called Hatty, or even Hadge. [Eliza Leslie, "Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book," Philadelphia, 1839]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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