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[soh-fee] /ˈsoʊ fi/
a female given name.
Also, Sophia
[soh-fee-uh, -fahy-uh, soh-fee-uh] /soʊˈfi ə, -ˈfaɪ ə, ˈsoʊ fi ə/ (Show IPA)
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  • Her Ladyship was the first to recover herself, and walked towards Aunt sophia with stately carriage and extended hand.

    The Rosery Folk George Manville Fenn
  • sophia found the first half-hour not at all difficult to surmount.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Ellen turned so indubitably curious a look upon her at this that Miss sophia half laughed and went on.

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
  • “It is rather odd that one sister should have all the beauty,” said sophia.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • "Get a pail of water and throw it over your dad, sophia," said Mrs. Holbrooke.

    A California Girl Edward Eldridge
British Dictionary definitions for sophia


1630–1714, electress of Hanover (1658–1714), in whom the Act of Settlement (1701) vested the English Crown. She was a granddaughter of James I of England and her son became George I of Great Britain and Ireland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sophia


fem. proper name, from Greek sophia "skill, knowledge of, acquaintance with; sound judgement, practical wisdom; cunning, shrewdness; philosophy," also "wisdom personified," abstract noun from sophos "wise" (see sophist). Saint Sophia in ancient church names and place names in the East is not necessarily a reference to a person; the phrase also is the English translation of the Greek for "divine wisdom, holy wisdom," to which churches were dedicated.


French form of Sophia (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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