• (British, America) IPA: /nɛl/
Proper noun
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Eleanor, Ellen and Helen.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, 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 ↗, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      : Act I, Scene 2:
      O Nell, sweet Nell, if thou does love thy lord,
      Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts;

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