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Etymology 1[edit]

A twentieth century blend of Mary and Lynn.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 1993 Nuruddin Farah: Gifts. Arcade Publishing 1999. ISBN 1559704845 page 71:
      Maybe you know my grand-daughter, the one with the non-Somali name - Marilyn. You won't believe it, but she was named for me, and my own is Maryam. She tells me that Marilyn is the name of a famous actress who's now dead. You know the young these days, bringing mysteries and foreign ways into our lives.

Etymology 2[edit]

Named after Marilyn Monroe. A pun on the related term Munro.


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Marilyn (plural Marilyns)

  1. (UK) A mountain or hill with a relative height of at least 150 metres