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[hil-uh-ree] /ˈhɪl ə ri/
Also, Hilaire
[hi-lair; French ee-ler] /hɪ lɛər; French iˈlɛr/ (Show IPA)
. a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “cheerful.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin and History for Hilary
masc. proper name, from L.L. Hilarius, lit. "cheerful," from L. hilaris (see hilarity). The name was more popular in France than in England. The woman's name (M.E. Hillaria) seems to be merged from Eulalia, name of the patron saint of Barcelona, a Latinization of Gk. eulalos "sweetly speaking." The Hilary sessions of British High Court and universities (1577) are from St. Hilarius, Bishop of Poitiers, obit. C.E. 368, whose feast day is Jan. 13.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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