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[suh-bree-nuh, -brahy-] /səˈbri nə, -ˈbraɪ-/
a female given name: from the Latin word for the river Severn. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Sabrina had been so badly injured by her disasters that it took much more time to repair her than had at first been thought.

    Not Pretty, But Precious John Hay, et al.
  • Sabrina herself was in the garden now, weeding the balm-bed.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Sabrina dropped her trowel on a heap of weeds, and cast her gardening gloves on the top.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • "Come into the house, Sabrina," said Clelia, in a muffled voice.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • "Don't make any difference whether it's Richmond's house or whether it ain't, if there's sickness," returned Sabrina briefly.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
Word Origin and History for Sabrina

fem. proper name, personified as a nymph by Milton in "Comus" (1634), from a Welsh tale of a maiden drowned in the river Severn by her stepmother, a legend found in Geoffrey of Monmouth and Giraldus Cambrensis. The name appears to be the Romanized form of the name of the River Severn (Welsh Hafren, Habren), which is Celtic and of unknown origin; it perhaps means "boundary." Sabrina neckline is from the 1954 film "Sabrina" starring Audrey Hepburn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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