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[nawr-muh] /ˈnɔr mə/
noun, genitive Normae
[nawr-mee] /ˈnɔr mi/ (Show IPA).
the Rule, a small southern constellation between Lupus and Ara.
Origin of Norma
< Latin; see norm


[nawr-muh] /ˈnɔr mə/
(italics) an opera (1831) with music by Vincenzo Bellini.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • Norma, bending herself to the contest, put her pencil into her mouth, and stared fixedly at the green-shaded drop light.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • “Maybe they would like the name ‘Little Soldiers,’” ventured Norma.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • They would have spasms if their darling Norma had to leave Madison Hall and they couldn't help themselves.

    Jane Allen: Right Guard Edith Bancroft
  • If she were about to play Norma, it would be worth everything, but in this part—!

  • I asked what's Norma doing here—isn't she overdoing her relationship a little?

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for Norma


noun (Latin genitive) Normae (ˈnɔːmiː)
a constellation in the S hemisphere crossed by the Milky Way and lying near Scorpius and Ara
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Word Origin and History for Norma

fem. proper name, probably from Latin norma (see norm).

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Norma in Medicine

norma nor·ma (nôr'mə)
n. pl. nor·mae (-mē)
A line or pattern defining the contour of a part, especially of various aspects of the cranium.

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