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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. 2015.
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  • Then, not heeding Mrs. Hilary, I launched into an apostrophe.

    Dolly Dialogues Anthony Hope
  • She pulled one of her most impossible faces, and stormed back at Hilary.

  • She was a little, just a trifle anxious as to whether the conversation might not prove embarrassing for Doctor Hilary.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Miss Todd was sitting at her desk, and Hilary and Geraldine stood near her.

  • I want you to tell me, Mr. Hilary, whether there is the slightest foundation for what the papers say this morning?

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
Word Origin and History for Hilary

masc. proper name, from Late Latin Hilarius, literally "cheerful," from Latin hilaris (see hilarity). The name was more popular in France than in England. The woman's name (Middle English Hillaria) seems to be merged with this from Eulalia, name of the patron saint of Barcelona, a Latinization of Greek 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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