Magdalene

Magdalene

[mag-duh-leen, -luhn, mag-duh-lee-nee]
noun
2.
(lowercase) a reformed prostitute.
3.
Also, Magdalen [mag-duh-luhn] . a female given name: from a hebrew word meaning “woman of Magdala.”
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magdalen or magdalene (ˈmæɡdəlɪn, ˈmæɡdəˌliːn, ˌmæɡdəˈliːnɪ)
 
n
1.  literary a reformed prostitute
2.  rare a reformatory for prostitutes
 
[from MaryMagdalene]
 
magdalene or magdalene
 
n
 
[from MaryMagdalene]

Magdalene (ˈmæɡdəˌliːn, ˌmæɡdəˈliːnɪ)
 
n
See Mary Magdalene

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Magdalene
fem. proper name, from L. (Maria) Magdalena, from Gk. Magdalene, lit. "woman of Magdala," from Aram. Maghdela, place on the Sea of Galilee, lit. "tower." The vernacular form of the name, via Fr., has come to Eng. as maudlin.
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Magdalene definition


a surname derived from Magdala, the place of her nativity, given to one of the Marys of the Gospels to distinguish her from the other Marys (Matt. 27:56, 61; 28:1, etc.). A mistaken notion has prevailed that this Mary was a woman of bad character, that she was the woman who is emphatically called "a sinner" (Luke 7:36-50). (See MARY.)

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