How is Madeleine pronounced?
Is it pronounced Madeline or Madeline?
|Pronunciation||/ˈmædlɪn/ MAD-lin, /ˈmædəlɪn/ MAD-ə-lin French: [madˈlɛn, madˈlen] Madeline: /ˈmædəlaɪn/ MAD-ə-lyne, /-liːn/ -leen, /ˈmædəlɪn/ MAD-ə-lin|
|Meaning||“from Magdala”, “tower”, “elevated, great, magnificent”|
Madeline – the storybook character is pronounced “mad-eh-line” by Americans, the French spell and pronounce Madeleine more formally and accurately as “mad-eh-len;” this all inevitably wrecks havoc when it comes to correct spelling!
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