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A variant spelling of Catherine, based on the folk etymology that it would derive from Greek καθαρός (katharos "pure").

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      , Act II, Scene I:
      Petruchio.Good morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear.
      Katharina.Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing:
      They call me Katharine that do talk of me.