Christian martyr traditionally regarded as the patron saint of music.
(person, proper) A feminine name: dim. Cis, Cissie; var. Cecile, Cecily, Cicely, Sheila.
(person) (died a.d. 230?); Christian martyr: patron saint of music: her day is Nov. 22
A female given name.
Origin of cecilia
From LatinCaecilia, feminine form of Caecilius, a Roman family name derived from the byname caecus (“blind”). Popularized by Saint Cecilia, 3rd century Roman martyr, the patron saint of music.
Cecilia Sentence Examples
Pippin befriended him and sent him to Rome, where he was consecrated archbishop (with the name Clemens) by Pope Sergius on St Cecilia's Day 696.'
Cecilia, whose musical fame rests on a passing notice in her legend that she praised God by instrumental as well as vocal music, has inspired many a masterpiece in art, including the Raphael at Bologna, the Rubens in Berlin, the Domenichino in Paris, and in literature, where she is commemorated especially by Chaucer's "Seconde Nonnes Tale," and by Dryden's famous ode, set to music by Handel in 1736, and later by Sir Hubert Parry (1889).
Another St Cecilia, who suffered in Africa in the persecution of Diocletian (303-304), is commemorated on the 11th of February.
In 1840 the Tennysons moved to Tunbridge Wells, and a year later to Boxley, near Maidstone, to be close to Edmund Lushington, who had now married Cecilia Tennyson.