Mavis

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Coined in the end of the 19th century from a poetical name for the song thrush.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Mavis

  1. A female given name.
    • 1895 Marie Corelli: The Sorrows of Satan: Chapter IX:
      "Rather an odd name, Mavis, isn't it?" I at last ventured to observe. "Yes, - but it suits her wonderfully. She sings quite as sweetly as any thrush, so she merits her designation."

Usage notes[edit]

  • Fairly popular in the U.K. in the 1930s.