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Feminine diminutive form of a Roman cognomen Priscus, from Latin prisca (ancient).


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  1. A female given name of biblical origin.
    • 1858 Henry Wadswoth Longfellow: The Courtship of Miles Standish:
      Letters written by Alden, and full of the name of Priscilla, / Full of the name and the fame of the Puritan maiden Priscilla!
    • 2003 Minette Walters: Disordered Minds: Macmillan. →ISBN p.354:
      'Priscilla,' she said, --- 'The same name I've had for twenty years!' She smiled cynically. 'And, before you ask why, I was stoned when I chose it, so any thoughts of Cill were in my subconscious. I used to think it was classier than Louise or Daisy... probably because the Trevelyans were such snobs.'
  2. An early Christian, mentioned in the Bible and also known as Prisca.

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