Origin: name of the young heroine of novels by Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920), United States writer
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Origin: After the heroine of the novel Pollyanna, by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920), American writer.
Pollyanna - Cultural Definition
(1913) A children's book by the American author Eleanor H. Porter. The title character is an orphan girl who, despite the difficulties of her life, is always extremely cheerful.
- A “Pollyanna” remains excessively sweet-tempered and optimistic even in adversity.