(person, proper) A feminine name: dim. Jo, Josie; var. Josepha.
(person) 1763-1814; wife of Napoleon (1796-1809) & empress of France (1804-09): wife (1779-94) of Vicomte Alexandre de Beauharnais (1760-94), Fr. army officer.
A female given name.
Origin of josephine
French Joséphine, diminutive of Josèphe, feminine form of Joseph; made popular by the Empress of Napoleon.
Josephine Sentence Examples
It may be noted that the more famous of the persons alleged by partisans of subsequent pretenders to have been hustled out of the world for their connexion with the secret are the empress Josephine, the duc d'Enghien and the duc de Berri.
He was then cleansed and re-clothed, his room cleaned, and during the day he was visited by his new attendant, a creole and a compatriot of Josephine de Beauharnais, named Jean Jacques Christophe Laurent (1770--1807), who had from the 8th of November onwards assistance for his charge from a man named Gomin.
According to him Barras determined to save the dauphin in order to please Josephine Beauharnais, the future empress, having conceived the idea of using the dauphin's existence as a means of dominating the comte de Provence in the event of a restoration.
The services which he rendered to the republic at Vendemiaire brought as their reward the hand of Josephine de Beauharnais.