Definitions for joséphineˈdʒoʊ zəˌfin, -sə-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Jo•se•phineˈdʒoʊ zəˌfin, -sə-(n.)
Empress (Marie Joséphine Rose Tascher de la Pagerie)
Ref: Beauharnais, 2 Joséphine de.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the Empress of the French, born in Martinique; came to France at the age of 15; was in 1779 married to Viscount Beauharnais, who was one of the victims of the Revolution, and to whom she bore a daughter, Hortense, the mother of Napoleon III.; married in 1796 to Napoleon Bonaparte, to whom she proved a devoted wife as well as a wise counsellor; she became empress in 1804, but failing to bear him any children, was divorced in 1809, though she still corresponded with Napoleon and retained the title of Empress to the last, living at Malmaison, where she died (1763-1814).