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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.

    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

    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

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  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. Gary Rolando:

    The church policy is that people with alternate lifestyles can have services, but there can be no pictures or videos of overt kissing or hugging, i understand both sides. The family wanted to honor Vanessa, and the church has to answer to its board and the members who pay their bills.

  3. Daniel Ives:

    With Kevin Mayer leaving it was big shoes to fill for Vanessa Pappas while navigating TikTok through a Category 5 storm, fast forward to today, Vanessa Pappas and Vanessa Pappas team have played a game of high stakes poker and appear to have won this latest battle.

  4. Fred Seibert:

    Vanessa Pappas looks at the world from the eyes of the creator, wherever the next generation of creators go, I know she will be following them.

  5. Vanessa Bryants lawyer:

    Vanessa Bryant speaks during a celebration of life for her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Associated Press) This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. butch
    • B. ambidextrous
    • C. extroversive
    • D. arbitrary

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