Madonna

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See also: madonna, madonną, and Madonną

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian madonna, from Old Italian ma (my) + donna (lady). The given name is derived from the English term, not used as a given name in Italy. Doublet of madam.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Madonna (plural Madonnas)

  1. (sometimes with the definite article) The Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.
  2. A female given name from Italian.
    • 1835 Fraser's Magazine, Vol. XI, page 652 (June 1835):
      We feel bound to add, however, that it is not very likely, in the usual chances of events, that such names as Alaric Attila Watts should have met in matrimony with those of Zillah Madonna Wiffen; and an unkind world may suggest a mystification somewhere.
    • 2005 Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics, Allen Lane (2005), →ISBN, page 184:
      But celebrities actually have a weak effect on baby names. As of 2000, the pop star Madonna had sold 130 million records worldwide but hadn't generated even the ten copycat namings―in California, no less―required to make the master index of four thousand names from which the sprawling list of girls' names on page 227 was drawn.
    • 2013 February, Alan Baggett, God’s Will, →ISBN, page 39:
      MADONNA(S) Yes. (They look at each other with surprise. The room goes silent.) MR. STEIN Two Madonnas? (Pause.) MR. STEIN Did either of you know God? EIGHTIES MADONNA I knew of Him. BIBLICAL MADONNA We had a Son together. MR. STEIN [] I’m going to have to ask you to leave. (The eighties Madonna gets up with a smile and then without uttering another word flounces out of the room loudly humming the tune ‘Like a Virgin’.)

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Noun[edit]

Madonna (plural Madonnas)

  1. An artistic representation of the Virgin Mary, chiefly when holding the infant Jesus.
    A beautiful example of this type of Madonna is the polyptych in the Museo Civico in Sansepolcro.
    • 1913, “Art Galleries of Florence”, in The World’s Progress: With Illustrative Texts from Masterpieces of Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Modern European and American Literature, Fully Illustrated, volume IX, Chicago, Ill.: The Delphian Society, page 114:
      So many Madonnas were produced during the Renaissance that it became the habit to distinguish them by any peculiarity.
  2. A morally pure woman.
    • 2000, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War, Villard Books, →ISBN, page 52:
      “Men,” I said, with a tone of disgust. “Halal circles, haram circles, good, bad, Madonnas, whores, goats, penises, it’s all the same.”
    • 2008, Paul Gordon, Dial “M” for Mother: A Freudian Hitchcock, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, →ISBN, page 205:
      [] the mothers who, like Sebastian’s mother in Notorious or Mitch’s mother Lydia in The Birds, block such a transference, or by potential love-objects who are, themselves, Madonnas, whores, or otherwise thinly disguised maternal figures.
    • 2008, Maureen Canning, Lust, Anger, Love: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Road to Healthy Intimacy, Sourcebooks, Inc., →ISBN, page 182:
      The Madonnas are the mothers to our children, the pillars of our families, and the goddesses of our communities. The Madonnas shun the dark side of human sexuality and banish the whores to hell. We put the Madonnas on a pedestal, and we can’t think of them as being sexual or sexy because they must be pure. They must be virginal like the Madonna herself.
    • 2013, Devorah Heitner, Black Power TV, Duke University Press, →ISBN, page 79:
      Sparing no one in her response to her interviewer’s questions about the ERA, she alludes to divisions within the women’s movement, referring to the factions as “Madonnas, whores, housewives, and lesbians.”
    • 2019, Chris Kelly; Carmen Hahn, Clinical Psychology, ED-Tech Press, published 2020, →ISBN, page 129:
      In sexual politics the view of women as either Madonnas or whores limits women’s sexual expression, offering two mutually exclusive ways to construct a sexual identity.

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References[edit]

  • Ginny Kubitz Moyer (11 January 2010), “Where did the title “Madonna” come from for Mary?”, in Busted Halo[1], Paulist Fathers: “More rarely, it’s [“Madonna”] used for images that depict Mary without Jesus.”

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian madonna, from Old Italian ma (my) + donna (lady). It was first attested in 1552 and its meaning was primarily (Italian) woman. Its use in the sense of the Virgin Mary was attested much later, in 1844.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈmɒdonːɒ]
  • Hyphenation: Ma‧don‧na
  • Rhymes: -nɒ

Proper noun[edit]

Madonna

  1. Madonna (the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus)

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative Madonna Madonnák
accusative Madonnát Madonnákat
dative Madonnának Madonnáknak
instrumental Madonnával Madonnákkal
causal-final Madonnáért Madonnákért
translative Madonnává Madonnákká
terminative Madonnáig Madonnákig
essive-formal Madonnaként Madonnákként
essive-modal
inessive Madonnában Madonnákban
superessive Madonnán Madonnákon
adessive Madonnánál Madonnáknál
illative Madonnába Madonnákba
sublative Madonnára Madonnákra
allative Madonnához Madonnákhoz
elative Madonnából Madonnákból
delative Madonnáról Madonnákról
ablative Madonnától Madonnáktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
Madonnáé Madonnáké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
Madonnáéi Madonnákéi
Possessive forms of Madonna
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. Madonnám Madonnáim
2nd person sing. Madonnád Madonnáid
3rd person sing. Madonnája Madonnái
1st person plural Madonnánk Madonnáink
2nd person plural Madonnátok Madonnáitok
3rd person plural Madonnájuk Madonnáik

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madonna in Zaicz, Gábor (ed.). Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (‘Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN.  (See also its 2nd edition.)

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /maˈdɔn.na/
  • Rhymes: -ɔnna
  • Hyphenation: Ma‧dòn‧na

Proper noun[edit]

Madonna

  1. Madonna, Our Lady
    Synonyms: Vergine Maria, Maria

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian Madonna, from Latin mea domina.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /maˈdɔn.na/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔnna
  • Syllabification: Ma‧don‧na
  • Homophone: madonna

Proper noun[edit]

Madonna f

  1. (Christianity) Madonna, Our Lady
    Synonym: Matka Boska
  2. (art, Christianity) artistic depiction of Mary with the infant Jesus

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Madonna in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • Madonna in Polish dictionaries at PWN