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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vanessa, genus Vanessa(noun)

    painted beauty and red admiral


  1. Vanessa(ProperNoun)


  2. Origin: Coined by Jonathan Swift for a lady friend officially named Esther Vanhomrigh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vanessa(noun)

    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. Origin: [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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jose Silva:

    They asked the family to edit the video, and that was like editing Vanessa's life. It was demeaning.

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  5. Brady Smith:

    On Monday, Feb.15, we became aware -- via media and public reports -- of an Instagram posting by Vanessa Hudgens showing a scratching or carving of a heart with two names in it on a rock that allegedly is on the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.

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