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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vanessa, genus Vanessanoun

    painted beauty and red admiral


  1. Vanessanoun

    A female given name originating as a coinage.

    Vanessa be the Name / By which thou shalt be known to Fame. / Vanessa, by the Gods enroll'd: / Her Name on Earth - shall not be told.

  2. Etymology: Coined by Jonathan Swift for a lady friend named Esther ("Essy") Vanhomrigh.[1]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vanessanoun

    any one of numerous species of handsomely colored butterflies belonging to Vanessa and allied genera. Many of these species have the edges of the wings irregularly scalloped

  2. Etymology: [Probably from Swift's poem of Cadenus and Vanessa. See Vanessa, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.]


  1. Vanessa

    Vanessa is an American opera in three acts by Samuel Barber with an original English libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti. It was composed in 1956–1957 and was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 15, 1958 under the baton of Dimitri Mitropoulos in a production designed by Cecil Beaton and directed by Menotti. Barber revised the opera in 1964, reducing the four acts to the three-act version most commonly performed today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vanessa

    va-nes′a, n. a genus of butterflies, e.g. the Vanessa atalanta or Red Admiral, Vanessa antiope or Camberwell Beauty. [Perh. intended for Phanessa—Gr. Phanēs, a mystic divinity.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vanessa in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vanessa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Vanessa in a Sentence

  1. Vanessa Bryant:

    And he says,' Is there anything I can do for you ?' And I said : If you can't bring my husband and baby back, please make sure no one takes photographs of them, please secure the area. And Vanessa Bryant said : I will.

  2. Elizabeth Warren:

    These credible and troubling allegations from Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson make it clear that Lieutenant Governor Fairfax should resign. My heart goes out to these brave women and their families.

  3. Caroline Steer:

    I appreciated what Vanessa Oshima did so much, and it was such an awesome distraction, it allowed me to be able to refocus Caroline Steer during my treatment and recovery, and help me push my body more.

  4. Vanessa Bryant:

    Sports/fantasy is a blend of two of my passions : sports and fantasy storytelling, i'm Vanessa Bryant and huge Harry Potter fan. So, it was a natural fit for me from that perspective.

  5. Natalie Khawam:

    My clients, the Guillen family, and I believe that Cecily Aguilar is guilty. When the U.S. Attorney called me yesterday to tell us the news, we felt some relief knowing that justice is underway, we pray that this trial does not drag on but rather is put on a speedy trial calendar so that justice is not delayed. Vanessa was brutally murdered, in a way no one should ever be taken from this Earth.

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    incapable of being atoned for
    • A. inexpiable
    • B. numinous
    • C. ostensive
    • D. lank

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