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[mahr-guh-rit, -grit] /ˈmɑr gə rɪt, -grɪt/
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “pearl.”. Unabridged
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  • Margaret—her loneliness—the sadness of her life, all haunted him.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • “I rather wonder she should complain of her family,” observed Margaret.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • "You were at Margaret Bonford's meeting the other evening," he said to her.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • “Let us do our duty fully this first morning,” said Margaret.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • So Margaret gained the acknowledgment of her right to follow her own ideas of duty.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for Margaret


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
1353–1412, queen of Sweden (1388–1412) and regent of Norway and Denmark (1380–1412), who united the three countries under her rule
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

fem. proper name (c.1300), from Old French Margaret (French Marguerite), from Late Latin Margarita, female name, literally "pearl," from Greek margarites (lithos) "pearl," of unknown origin, "probably adopted from some Oriental language" [OED]; cf. Sanskrit manjari "cluster of flowers," also said by Indian linguists to mean "pearl," cognate with manju "beautiful." Arabic marjan probably is from Greek, via Syraic marganitha. The word was widely perverted in Germanic languages by folk-etymology, cf. Old English meregrot, which has been altered to mean literally "sea-pebble."

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