1. Fair Maid of Kent, 1328–85, wife of Edward, the Black Prince, and mother of Richard II.
  2. a fictitious female pope about a.d. 855–858.
  3. a female given name.


  1. known as the Fair Maid of Kent. 1328–85, wife of Edward the Black Prince; mother of Richard II
  2. Pope legendary female pope, first mentioned in the 13th century: said to have been elected while disguised as a man and to have died in childbirth

fem. proper name, originally Joanna, fem. of Johannes (see John). Often 17c.-18c. used as a generic name for a female rustic. Among U.S. births, a top 10 name for girls born between 1930 and 1937.

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