Colleen

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (GenAM) IPA(key): [kɑˈlin]

Etymology[edit]

From the word colleen, Irish cailín (girl), not used as a name in Ireland. Colleen can also be interpreted as a variant of Coleen, the former spelling being a product of marketing by the Hollywood film industry (to promote a new starlet in the 1920's).

Proper noun[edit]

Colleen

  1. A female given name.
    • 2007 Laurie Lindeen, Petal Pusher, Atria Books, ISBN 0743292324, page 137
      Her name is spelled Coleen making her "Co" with a hard O and not Colleen by any stretch - I'm suspicious on her authority on the subject.