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[lee-luh, ley-] /ˈli lə, ˈleɪ-/
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Barry saw Leila often, but, as yet, no one but Delilah Jeliffe knew of the tie between them.

    Contrary Mary Temple Bailey
  • The stranger seated himself on the cushions, and motioned Leila to his side.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Leila laughed, leaned back in her big, padded chair, dropping one knee over the other.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • Leila, thou hast been nurtured with tenderness, and schooled with care.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I'll find quarters somewhere, and when I get too lonesome, I'll come over and talk to you, Leila.

    Contrary Mary Temple Bailey
Word Origin and History for Leila

fem. proper name, from Arabic Laylah, literally "dark as night," from laylah "night."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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