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Alexandra

Alexandra

[al-ig-zan-druh, -zahn-]
Alexandra, 1844-1925, queen consort of Edward VII of Great Britain, whom she married in 1863. She was the daughter of Christian IX of Denmark.
Alexandra, Mount, E Africa: see Ruwenzori, mts.
Danilova, Alexandra, 1904?-97, Russian-American ballerina. She entered (1923) the Imperial Ballet School, St. Petersburg, was a member (1924-29) of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe, and prima ballerina (1938-58) of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She toured with her own company and, after retiring, lectured, choreographed, and taught dance. She taught at the School of American Ballet.
Alexandra (Αλεξάνδρα) is the feminine form of the given name Alexander, which is a romanization of the Greek name Αλέξανδρος (Alexandros). Etymologically, the name is a compound of the Greek verb ἀλέξειν (alexein) "to defend" and the noun ἀνδρός (andros), genitive of ἀνήρ (anēr) "man". Thus it may be roughly translated as "protector of man". The earliest attested record of the name is the Mycenaean Alexandra, written in Linear B.

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