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See also: norma and normā



Etymology 1[edit]

Coined name of an imaginary Celtic priestess in Bellini's opera Norma (1831). Sometimes explained as Latin norma ‎(pattern, model), or as a feminine form of Norman

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 1966 Agatha Christie, Third Girl, page 6:
      I wish I could remember that girl's Christian name. Something connected with a song...Thora? Speak to me, Thora, Thora, Thora. Something like that, or Myra? Myra, oh Myra my love is all for thee... Norma? Or do I mean Maritana? Norma - Norma Restarick. That's right, I'm sure.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Popular in the U.S.A. in the 1930s.

Etymology 2[edit]

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Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From Latin norma ‎(a carpenter's square).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (astronomy) An inconspicuous constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a carpenter's square. It lies south of the constellations Scorpius and Centaurus.
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