Magdalene

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Etymology 1[edit]

Byname of the biblical Mary Magdalene, "Mary of Magdala", from the name of a village on Lake Galilee from Hebrew מגדל (migdál, tower).

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Magdalene

  1. A female given name.
  2. Mary Magdalene, a disciple of Jesus.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the traditional assumption that Mary Magdalene was the "woman which was a sinner" mentioned in Luke 7:37.

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Magdalene (plural Magdalenes)

  1. A reformed prostitute.
    • 1906 John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga: The Man of Property: Interlude:
      "Trying to help women who've come to grief." Old Jolyon didn't quite understand. "To grief?" he repeated; then realised with a shock that she meant exactly what he would have meant himself if he had used that expression. Assisting the Magdalenes of London!

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Magdalene

  1. A female given name of biblical origin.

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Magdalene

  1. A female given name, a variant of Magdalena.