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[tuh-ree-suh, -zuh, -rey-; for 2 also Spanish te-re-sah] /təˈri sə, -zə, -ˈreɪ-; for 2 also Spanish tɛˈrɛ sɑ/
Mother (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) 1910–97, Albanian nun: Nobel Peace Prize 1979 for work in the slums of Calcutta, India.
Saint, Theresa, Saint.
a female given name, form of Theresa. Unabridged
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  • Carmina received a letter, bearing the Italian postmark, but not addressed to her in Teresa's handwriting.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • The father of Teresa Sandoval was the priestly son of a marquise of Spain!

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "I have seen it," said Teresa coldly; but her cheek coloured faintly.

  • "Teresa was right, too," he added in a low tone touched with awe.

  • Teresa's confidence grew proportionately with Fanny's candour.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for Teresa


Saint, known as Teresa of Avila. 1515–82, Spanish nun and mystic. She reformed the Carmelite order and founded 17 convents. Her writings include a spiritual autobiography and The Way to Perfection. Feast day: Oct 15
Mother, original name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. 1910–97, Indian Roman Catholic missionary, born in Skopje, now in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of Albanian parents: noted for her work among the starving in Calcutta; Nobel peace prize 1979
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