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An Italian pet form of Laura; first introduced into English as the name of one of the narrators in the Decameron.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 1775 Richard Brinsley Sheridan, St. Patrick's Day, Kessinger Publishing, 2004, →ISBN, page 58
      Lauretta, ay, you would have her called so; but for my part I never knew any good come of giving girls these heathen Christian names; if you had called her Deborah, or Tabitha, or Ruth, or Rebecca, or Joan, nothing of this had ever happened; but I always knew Lauretta was a runaway name.