Definition of magdalen
1 : a reformed prostitute
2 : a house of refuge or reformatory for prostitutes
Origin and Etymology of magdalen
Mary Magdalen or Magdalene woman healed by Jesus of evil spirits (Luke 8:2), considered identical with a reformed prostitute (Luke 7:36–50)
First Known Use: 1563See Words from the same year
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