Magdalen, Magdalene
The names of the colleges in Oxford (Magdalen) and Cambridge (Magdalene) are pronounced maw-dlin. In the full biblical name Mary Magdalene (= of Magdala in Galilee), Magdalene is pronounced mag-dǝ-lin or mag-dǝ-lee-ni. The form magdalen, pronounced mag-dǝ-lin, is used in the meanings ‘a reformed prostitute’ or ‘a home for reformed prostitutes’.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Magdalen — Mag da*len, n. [From Mary Magdalene, traditionally reported to have been the repentant sinner forgiven by Christ. See Luke vii. 36.] A reformed prostitute. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magdalen — (n.) reformed prostitute, 1690s, so called for Mary Magdalene, disciple of Christ (Luke viii:2), who often is identified with the penitent woman in Luke vii:37 50. See MAGDALENE (Cf. Magdalene) …   Etymology dictionary

  • magdalen — or magdalene noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Mary Magdalen or Magdalene woman healed by Jesus of evil spirits (Luke 8:2), considered identical with a reformed prostitute (Lk 7:36 50) Date: 1697 1. a reformed prostitute 2. a house of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Magdalen — noun /ˈmæɡdəlɪn,ˈmɔːdlɪn/ a) ; a variant of Magdalene We two, she said, will seek the groves / Where the lady Mary is, / With her five handmaidens, whose names / Are five sweet symphonies, / Cecily, Gertrude, Magdalen, / Margaret and Rosalys. b)… …   Wiktionary

  • magdalen — [ magdəlɪn] noun 1》 (the Magdalen or the Magdalene) St Mary Magdalene, to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection. 2》 archaic a reformed prostitute …   English new terms dictionary

  • Magdalen — englische Form von → Magdalene (Bedeutung: die aus Magdala Stammende) …   Deutsch namen

  • Magdalen — Provenance. Vient de l hébreu Magdala Nom d un villade de Galilée où demeurait Marie Madeleine. Se fête le 22 juillet. Histoire. Parmi les femmes qui pleuraient la mort de Jésus, Marie Madeleine fut la première, selon l Evangile, avant même les… …   Dictionnaire des prénoms français, arabes et bretons

  • magdalen — mag·da·len || mægdÉ™lɪn n. former prostitute, woman who has ceased to work as a prostitute …   English contemporary dictionary

  • magdalen — mag·da·len …   English syllables

  • magdalen — n. 1 a reformed prostitute. 2 a home for reformed prostitutes. Etymology: Mary Magdalene of Magdala in Galilee (Luke 8:2), identified (prob. wrongly) with the sinner of Luke 7:37: f. eccl.L Magdalena f. Gk Magdalene …   Useful english dictionary

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