Ophelia

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Italian Ofelia, coined by the poet Jacopo Sannazzaro in his poem Arcadia (1504), presumably from Ancient Greek ὄφελος (óphelos, help). Used by Shakespeare for the ill-fated bride of Hamlet.

Proper noun[edit]

Ophelia

  1. A female given name.
  2. (astronomy) ]A moon of Uranus, named after the character in Hamlet.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1594 William Shakespeare: Hamlet: Act V, Scene I :
    I lov'd Ophelia: forty thousand brothers
    Could not, with all their quantity of love,
    Make up my sum.

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Usage notes[edit]

Although rarely used today, Ophelia as a given name was somewhat popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.