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Margaret

[mahr-guh-rit, -grit] /ˈmɑr gə rɪt, -grɪt/
noun
1.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “pearl.”.
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Margaret

/ˈmɑːɡrət/
noun
1.
called the Maid of Norway. ?1282–90, queen of Scotland (1286–90); daughter of Eric II of Norway. Her death while sailing to England to marry the future Edward II led Edward I to declare dominion over Scotland
2.
1353–1412, queen of Sweden (1388–1412) and regent of Norway and Denmark (1380–1412), who united the three countries under her rule
3.
Princess. 1930–2002, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Word Origin and History for Margaret
Margaret
fem. proper name (c.1300), from O.Fr. Margaret (Fr. Marguerite), from L.L. Margarita, fem. name, lit. "pearl," from Gk. margarites (lithos) "pearl," of unknown origin, probably from an oriental language, cf. Skt. manjari "cluster of flowers," also said by Indian linguists to mean "pearl," cognate with manju "beautiful." Arabic marjan probably is from Gk., via Syraic marganitha. The word was widely perverted in Gmc. by folk-etymology, cf. O.E. meregrot, which has been altered to mean lit. "sea-pebble."
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