Pollyanna

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noun Pol·ly·an·na \ˌpä-lē-ˈa-nə\

Definition of Pollyanna

  1. :  a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything

Pollyanna

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Pollyannaish

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Pollyannish

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Examples of pollyanna in a sentence

  1. I'm no Pollyanna, but I do think some good will come out of this.

Origin and Etymology of pollyanna

Pollyanna, heroine of the novel Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor Porter †1920 American fiction writer


First Known Use: 1921


POLLYANNA Defined for English Language Learners

Pollyanna

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noun Pol·ly·an·na \ˌpä-lē-ˈa-nə\

Definition of Pollyanna for English Language Learners

  • : someone who thinks good things will always happen and finds something good in everything


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