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[sil-vee-uh] /ˈsɪl vi ə/
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dunham found a flight of steps in a corner, and climbed it, Sylvia following.

    The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham
  • And if Sylvia had not been your wife, my mistress might have been just.

  • She wiped her mouth with her napkin, and then laid her hand on Sylvia's shoulder.

    The Chink in the Armour Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • How such a man came to have such a daughter as Sylvia, Paul could not guess.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • “We may live a good many years to enjoy it now,” said Sylvia.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Word Origin and History for Sylvia

fem. proper name, literally "inhabiting woods," from Latin silva "wood, forest" (see sylvan).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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