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Marianne

[mair-ee-an, mar-] /ˌmɛər iˈæn, ˌmær-/
noun
1.
the French Republic, personified as a woman.
2.
a female given name.
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  • The two Dutch ships, with a crew of about a hundred men, sailed alone for the Marianne Islands.

    The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Marianne leant over the cradle which was near her, beside the bed.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Although Marianne was expecting her eleventh child before long, she decided to accompany her husband.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • But Marianne was pitiless: her rule was the bath first and milk afterwards.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Except for that, Marianne would have gone direct to him in obedience to her desires.

British Dictionary definitions for Marianne

Marianne

/French marjan/
noun
1.
a female figure personifying the French republic after the Revolution (1789)
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Word Origin and History for Marianne

fem. proper name, from French, a variant of Marian; sometimes anglicized as Mary Anne. Name of a republican secret society formed in France in 1851, hence "personification of the French Republic."

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