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[ahy-ree-nee for 1; ahy-reen or, esp. British, ahy-ree-nee for 2] /aɪˈri ni for 1; aɪˈrin or, esp. British, aɪˈri ni for 2/
Classical Mythology. one of the Horae, the personification of peace.
Also, Irena
[ahy-ree-nuh, ih-rey-nuh] /aɪˈri nə, ɪˈreɪ nə/ (Show IPA)
. A female given name. Unabridged
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  • "Then I'll pick out the ripest in the basket for you," said Irene, her voice trembling.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • The Duchess and "Irene dear" gurgled and gushed and received congratulations.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I hope Irene will have the good sense to marry abroad," said Mrs. Minor.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • Only the hateful Ransoms smile, and ask every day particularly for Irene.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The world's queen, the dazzling idol of the ball-room, is not my blue-eyed, angelic Irene of old!

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for Irene


?752–803 ad, Byzantine ruler (780–90, 792–97, joint ruler with her son Constantine VI; 797–802). She is venerated as a saint in the Greek Orthodox Church
(Greek myth) the goddess of peace
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Word Origin and History for Irene

fem. proper name, from French Irène, from Latin Irene, from Greek Eirene, literally "peace, time of peace."

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