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ˈkæθ ər ɪn, ˈkæθ rɪncather·ine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Catherine of Aragon, Catherinenoun

    first wife of Henry VIII; Henry VIII's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536)

  2. Catherine II, Catherine, Catherine the Greatnoun

    empress of Russia who greatly increased the territory of the empire (1729-1796)


  1. Catherinenoun

    A female given name from Ancient Greek.

    - - - despite of what you say of my fine name, I think my head is so obstinate and inflexible that the name Catherine was well chosen. It suits my character. I was given the name by the late Empress Elisabeth, to whom I owe much; she gave it to me out of affection and out of respect for her mother

  2. Etymology: From French Catherine, from Ancient Greek Αἰκατερίνη (Aikaterínē), *Ἑκατερίνη (*Hekaterínē), of debated meaning, possibly from ἑκάτερος (hekáteros, " each of the two"), or from the name of the goddess Hecate. The spelling with 'th' in Latin languages, German and English, is due to a folk etymology, dating from Roman times, which associated the name with the Ancient Greek καθαρός (katharós, " pure"). The name belonged to a 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was supposedly tortured on the wheel.


  1. catherine

    Katherine, also spelled Catherine, and other variations are feminine names. They are popular in Christian countries because of their derivation from the name of one of the first Christian saints, Catherine of Alexandria. In the early Christian era it came to be associated with the Greek adjective καθαρός (katharos), meaning "pure", leading to the alternative spellings Katharine and Katherine. The former spelling, with a middle a, was more common in the past and is currently more popular in the United States than in Britain. Katherine, with a middle e, was first recorded in England in 1196 after being brought back from the Crusades.


  1. catherine

    "Catherine" is a feminine given name. It is of Greek origin and means "pure" or "unsullied". There are several variations of the name such as Katherine, Katerina, Kate, or Katie. Many notable people in history bear the name including Catherine the Great, the empress of Russia, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William. It is also a common name in literature and other forms of media.


  1. Catherine

    Catherine is a now defunct metalcore band from Sacramento, California.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Catherine is ranked #58042 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Catherine surname appeared 350 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Catherine.

    70% or 245 total occurrences were White.
    24.5% or 86 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Catherine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3684

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Catherine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Catherine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Catherine in a Sentence

  1. Harry Reid:

    Catherine Cortez Masto's obviously taking a look at her, I think that is good.

  2. Adam Laxalt:

    Both Sisolak and a Catherine Cortez Masto, this is what they're going to do. They're going to try to gaslight Nevadans over the next seven months and tell them that life isn't as bad as they're living today, gov. Sisolak and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto will try to put lipstick on this situation, is that people are living this nightmare every single day in Nevada… And we're experiencing a state that's heading in the wrong direction.

  3. Catherine Morton:

    Catherine Morton hasn't been right ever since.

  4. Catherine Templeton:

    The State Law Enforcement Division actually called and said, 'Catherine, we need you to get a concealed weapons permit; we need you to start carrying and we need you to protect yourself because you’ve made a lot of people mad,'.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    Our candidates Catherine Cortez Masto, Mark Kelly, Maggie Hassan and John Fetterman and Raphael Warnock are just fine human beings who really care about people who have the understanding of how to get things done. And those who have been in the Senate have already accomplished great things.

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