noun Obsolete 2. Bible Mary Magdalene: Luke 8:2 (identified with the repentant woman in Luke 7:37) 4. [m-]; British, Archaic a reformatory for prostitutes
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Word origin of 'Magdalene'LL(Ec) < Gr(Ec) Magdalēne, lit., of Magdala, after Magdala, town on the Sea of Galilee