madonna

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See also: Madonna, madonną, and Madonną

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

madonna (plural madonnas)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Madonna.
    1. A representation of the Virgin Mary.
      • 1992, Michael P. Carroll, “The Mary Cult”, in Madonnas That Maim: Popular Catholicism in Italy since the Fifteenth Century, Baltimore, Md.; London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, →ISBN, page 62:
        Giacomo Medica’s (1965) sample of the 697 most important Marian sanctuaries in Italy gives us some idea of the number of Italian madonnas in Italy as a whole.
      • 1993, Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Black Madonnas: Feminism, Religion, and Politics in Italy, Northeastern University Press, →ISBN, page 32:
        When it has not whitened them, the church has attempted to assimilate dark or black madonnas; this is evident in the many Italian madonnas described as bruna.
      • 2004, Charlene Spretnak, Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-Emergence in the Modern Church, Palgrave Macmillan, →ISBN, page 231:
        The darkening effects of being buried, especially outdoors, sounds plausible in a few such cases, but if candle smoke is to account for all the other dark madonnas, as the Church asserts, why would not the entire statue have become black?
    2. A morally pure woman.
      • 1995, Merete Leonhardt-Lupa, “A Mother's Sexuality”, in A Mother Is Born: Preparing for Motherhood During Pregnancy, Westport, Conn.; London: Bergin & Garvey, →ISBN, page 113:
        Yet most of us will probably deny that this blissful woman is a sexual woman. We associate her with Virgin Mary, who conceived in an act of spiritual purity and not in carnal lust and desire. We regard her chastity as essential to her maternal rectitude. Thus we hardly recognize the madonna's subtle sensuality as sexual energy, especially not in an age where we measure sexuality in orgasmic potency.
      • 1997, Teri Goodson, “A Prostitute Joins NOW”, in Jill Nagle, editor, Whores and Other Feminists, New York, N.Y.; London: Routledge, →ISBN, part 5 (Politics: Activism, Intervention, and Alliance), page 250:
        For centuries, madonnas provided legitimate children and social respectability; whores, illegitimate pleasure.
      • 2004, Elaine Jeffreys, “Feminist prostitution debates and responses”, in China, Sex and Prostitution (RoutledgeCurzon Studies on China in Transition), London; New York, N.Y.: RoutledgeCurzon, →ISBN, section “The development of theoretical approaches”, page 75:
        [] whether women’s liberation might be better achieved by rejecting the traditional dichotomization of women into good girls/bad girls, madonnas/whores, and hence refusing to organize one's sexual desire and pleasure in terms of the repressive and passive roles that are traditionally ascribed to female sexuality within dominant discourses (the so-called ‘agency’ model).
    3. A lady.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Said to be named after the American singer Madonna.

Noun[edit]

madonna (plural madonnas)

  1. (skateboarding) A one-footed lien-to-tail trick, where the front foot is taken off and kicked out straight down behind the board.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian Madonna.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌmaːˈdɔ.naː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ma‧don‧na

Noun[edit]

madonna f (plural madonna's)

  1. Madonna, in particular an artistic depiction of Mary with the infant Jesus

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian madonna.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑdonːɑ/, [ˈmɑdo̞nːɑ]
  • Rhymes: -ɑdonːɑ
  • Syllabification(key): ma‧don‧na

Noun[edit]

madonna

  1. Madonna (picture of Virgin Mary)
  2. (figuratively) Madonna (morally pure woman)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of madonna (Kotus type 10/koira, no gradation)
nominative madonna madonnat
genitive madonnan madonnien
partitive madonnaa madonnia
illative madonnaan madonniin
singular plural
nominative madonna madonnat
accusative nom. madonna madonnat
gen. madonnan
genitive madonnan madonnien
madonnainrare
partitive madonnaa madonnia
inessive madonnassa madonnissa
elative madonnasta madonnista
illative madonnaan madonniin
adessive madonnalla madonnilla
ablative madonnalta madonnilta
allative madonnalle madonnille
essive madonnana madonnina
translative madonnaksi madonniksi
instructive madonnin
abessive madonnatta madonnitta
comitative madonnineen
Possessive forms of madonna (type koira)
possessor singular plural
1st person madonnani madonnamme
2nd person madonnasi madonnanne
3rd person madonnansa

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mea domina (my lady).

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

madonna f (plural madonne)

  1. (now chiefly historical, literary) Honorific title used to address women. [from 12th c.]

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Descendants[edit]

  • French: madone
  • Greek: μαντόνα (mantóna)
    • Ottoman Turkish: منتونا(mantona, mistress, concubine)
  • Spanish: madona

References[edit]

  • Meyer, Gustav (1892), “Türkische Studien. I. Die griechischen und romanischen Bestandtheile im Wortschatze des Osmanisch-Türkischen”, in Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Classe der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften (in German), volume 128, Wien: In Commission bei F. Tempsky, page 90
  • Meyer, Gustav (1892), “Türkische Studien. I. Die griechischen und romanischen Bestandtheile im Wortschatze des Osmanisch-Türkischen”, in Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Classe der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften (in German), volume 128, Wien: In Commission bei F. Tempsky, page 38

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian madonna.

Noun[edit]

madonna f (definite singular madonnaa, indefinite plural madonnaer, definite plural madonnaene)

  1. a Madonna (a depiction of the Virgin Mary)
  2. (chiefly definite singular) the Virgin Mary

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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian madonna, from Latin mea domina.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

madonna f

  1. (art, Christianity) Madonna, in particular an artistic depiction of Mary with the infant Jesus
  2. (humorous) woman of subtle, spiritual beauty

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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