Desdemona

noun
Des·​de·​mo·​na | \ ˌdez-də-ˈmō-nə How to pronounce Desdemona (audio) \

Definition of Desdemona

: the wife of Othello in Shakespeare's Othello

First Known Use of Desdemona

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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“Desdemona.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Desdemona. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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