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See also: sibyl


Alternative forms[edit]


Latin Sibylla, Ancient Greek Σίβυλλα (Síbulla, sibyl), name of ancient Greek prophetesses.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      , Scene II:
      Be she as foul as Florentius' love, / As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd / As Socrates' Xanthippe, or worse, / She moves me not.
  2. Alternative letter-case form of sibyl

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used as a name since the Middle Ages. Since the 19th century usually spelled Sybil.