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[jes-i-kuh] /ˈdʒɛs ɪ kə/
a female given name, form of Jesse. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Anything is better than this," exclaimed Jessica, as she drew on her wraps and prepared to follow her friends into the woods.

  • Jessica is miles above the ordinary tricks and wiles and falsities of women.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Clear hazel eyes they were, wide and full, but there was in them no depth of expression—for Jessica Holme was blind.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • "Jessica must have a new dress this month," said Mrs. Hurstwood one morning.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • But how can Nora go away on a wedding journey and be Jessica's matron of honor, too?

Word Origin and History for Jessica

fem. proper name, from Late Latin Jesca, from Greek Ieskha, from Hebrew Yiskah, name of a daughter of Haran (Gen. xi:29). Among the top 5 popular names for girls born in the U.S. every year between 1977 and 1997. The familiar form Jessie was one of many fem. names used 20c. for "cowardly or effeminate male."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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