Ariana

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Etymology 1[edit]

Modern simplification of Arianna, Ariane and Arianne, all forms of the Greek name Ariadne ("most holy"; Cretan Greek αρι (ari) "most" and αδνος (adnos) "holy"). There has been some confusion with the similar sounding and equally fashionable Adriana and Adrienne.

Proper noun[edit]

Ariana

  1. A female given name.

References[edit]

  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001.

Etymology 2[edit]

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From Latin Ariāna.

Proper noun[edit]

Ariana

  1. a general geographical term used by some Greek and Roman authors of ancient period for a district of wide extent between Central Asia and the Indus River, comprehending the eastern provinces of the Achaemenid Empire that covered entire modern-day Afghanistan, east and southeast of Iran, Tajikistan and northwestern Pakistan
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