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[tuh-ree-suh, -zuh; Spanish te-re-sah] /təˈri sə, -zə; Spanish tɛˈrɛ sɑ/
Saint. Also, Teresa. Also called Theresa of Avila
[ah-vee-lah] /ˈɑ viˌlɑ/ (Show IPA),
1515–82, Spanish Carmelite nun, mystic, and writer.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Theresa herself never had any explanation to offer of "why she would be that cross wid poor Denis O'Meara."

  • Then he threw a decanter at that maid, Theresa Wright; there was trouble about that.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was about a quarter of an hour before the fated moment, when Miss Theresa Newton sat down by me.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • Theresa was as cool as ice, and it was her plot as much as mine.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Theresa put her little sister down, and rolling back the sleeves of her pink waist, began to gather up the dishes.

    Sunny Boy in the Big City Ramy Allison White
British Dictionary definitions for Theresa


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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Theresa

fem. proper name, from French Thérèse, from Latin Therasia, apparently from Greek Therasia, name of two volcanic islands, one near Sicily, one near Crete.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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