Florence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French Florence, from Latin Flōrentia (as a given name, a feminine form of Flōrentius), from flōrens ‎(flowering, flourishing), from flōs ‎(flower), connected with English bloom and blossom.

The female given name gained popularity from Florence Nightingale who was born in the Tuscan city.

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Proper noun[edit]

the city of Florence, Italy

Florence

  1. A province of Tuscany, Italy.
  2. The capital city of the province Florence.
  3. The capital city of Caquetá, Colombia.
  4. A female given name.
    • 1840, William Gilmore Simms, Border Beagles: A Tale of Mississippi, Donohue, Henneberry, published 1890, page 398:
      It is a sweet name, Florence, but not as sweet as herself. But you shall see her with you own eyes.
    • 2006, Sophie Hannah, Little Face, Soho, published 2007, ISBN 1569474680, page 3:
      I am glad that I chose the name Florence for my daughter, a real name with a history, rather than something that sounds as if it has been made up by a fifteen-year-old pop star's marketing team.
  5. A city in Kentucky.
  6. A town in Mississippi.
  7. A city in South Carolina.

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Noun[edit]

Florence ‎(plural Florences)

  1. (historical) An ancient gold coin of the time of Edward III, coined by Florentines and worth six shillings sterling.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Camden to this entry?)
  2. (historical) A kind of cloth.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Flōrentia.

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Proper noun[edit]

Florence f

  1. Florence (a province of Tuscany, Italy)
  2. Florence (the city)
  3. A female given name, equivalent to English Florence, feminine form of the saint's name Florent.

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