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Harriet

[har-ee-uh t] /ˈhær i ət/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Harry.
Also, Harriette, Harrietta
[har-ee-et-uh] /ˌhær iˈɛt ə/ (Show IPA)
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  • Harriet reveals all to her husband but he fobs her off, and they travel to ireland.
  • This led to erratic behavior that resulted in his separation from Harriet.
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]

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