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[shee-luh] /ˈʃi lə/
noun, Australian Slang.
a girl or young woman.
Origin of sheila
special use of proper name


[shee-luh] /ˈʃi lə/
a female given name, form of Celia. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sheila


(Austral & NZ, old-fashioned) an informal word for girl, woman
Word Origin
C19: from the girl's name Sheila
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Word Origin and History for sheila


fem. proper name, Irish equivalent of Celia, shortened form of Cecilia, the fem. form of Cecil. A standard type of an Irish women's name since 1828; slang for "girlfriend, young woman" dates from 1839.

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