• IPA: /ˈɛl.ən/

ellen (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Zeal.
  2. (obsolete) Strength; courage.
  3. (theology) Strength vouchsafed; comfort; grace.

  • IPA: /ˈɛl.ən/
Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, 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 III, scene iv]:
      And how doth my cousin, your bedfellow? and your fairest daughter and mine, my god-daughter Ellen?
    • 1928 Agatha Christie: The Mystery of the Blue Train
      "Is her name Ellen or Helen, Miss Viner? I thought - "
      Miss Viner closed her eyes.
      "I can sound my h's, dear, as well as anyone, but Helen is not a suitable name for a servant. I don't know what the mothers in the lower classes are coming to nowadays."

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