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[ur-suh-luh, urs-yoo-] /ˈɜr sə lə, ˈɜrs yʊ-/
Saint, a legendary British princess who, with 11,000 virgins, is said to have been martyred by the Huns at Cologne.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “bear.”. Unabridged
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  • He then withdrew; but not without a bow to Ursula, in which there was more of sadness than disappointment.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • Ursula and Hero make Beatrice believe that Benedick is dying of love for her.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • Ursula doubtless loved the gay rich clothes that were so fashionable at this period.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • The simple Ursula could not disapprove the choice of Adrian and Amaranthé.

  • Ursula was silent; she grew pale now after her redness of hasty and unconsidered self-defence.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for Ursula


Saint. a legendary British princess of the fourth or fifth century ad, said to have been martyred together with 11 000 virgins by the Huns at Cologne. Feast day: Oct 21
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ursula

fem. proper name, from Latin Ursula, diminutive of ursa "she-bear" (see ursine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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