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The English form of Latin Dorothea, the name of a legendary (and possibly fictitious) saint, from Ancient Greek Δωροθέα (Dōrothéa), from δῶρον (dôron, gift) + θεός (theós, god).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɒɹəθi/
  • (also, US) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɹθi/, /ˈdɔɹəθi/, /ˈdɑɹəθi/

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  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2: Act II, Scene IV:
      Pistol. Then to you, Mistress Dorothy; I will charge you.
      Doll Tearsheet. Charge me! I scorn you, scurvy companion.
    • 1900 Lyman Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Chapter 3:
      "My name is Dorothy," said the girl, " and I am going to the Emerald City to ask the Great Oz to send me back to Kansas."
    • 1990 Russell Baker, There's a Country in My Cellar, Morrow, ISBN 0688095984, page 418:
      Don't you think the world has gone steadily downhill ever since parents stopped naming their children Lucy and Dorothy and started naming them Samantha?

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