Elaine

noun
\ i-ˈlān How to pronounce Elaine (audio) \

Definition of Elaine

: any of several women in Arthurian legend especially : one who dies for unrequited love of Lancelot

First Known Use of Elaine

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Elaine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elaine. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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