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  • proper n. A female given name from Welsh legend specifically The Mabinogion.


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From Welsh ol ("footprint") and gwen ("white", "fair")


  • It is already established that she crept back to Vetch and sought speech with a maidservant by the name of Olwen, and slyly asked after Master Northcote …

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  • Unfortunately, a search for women called Olwen marrying in 1949-53 turns up 1,240 results, at which point even I give up.

    Geoffrey Mark

  • 'Olwen' and 'Iolo Gwyn Ford,' which fixed themselves on my memory by their mere beauty.

    Hilda Wade, a Woman with Tenacity of Purpose

  • "It's the list Tom used when writing 'Schindler's Ark' and that really brought Schindler's actions to the attention of the world," said State Library of New South Wales co-curator Olwen Pryke, referring to the book's author, Thomas Keneally.

    Australian library finds copy of Schindler's list

  • We have a number of artworks up on the walls: an Alan Lee print of Olwen daughter of Ysbaddaden, a quilt square, a pair of masks, a watercolor of birches in fog, an old poster from Williams College advertising a debate.

    Margaret’s Sunday Quickie «

  • Handsome, naïve Stuart Font is conducting an unsatisfactory relationship with married Claudia, but is increasingly preoccupied with Tigerlily, the mysterious beauty who lives in the permanently darkened house across the way; Wally the caretaker hangs about the local school playground and downloads kiddie porn; 60-year-old Olwen is doggedly drinking herself to death; Molly the impecunious student is obsessed with Stuart and steals Olwen's money ...

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  • These Apple Pancakes from Olwen Woodier's Apple Cookbook jumped out at me right away as the perfect indulgent treat for a lazy Sunday morning.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • The name comes from the tale Culhwch ac Olwen, in the 15th century book The Mabinogion, drawn from Llyfr Coch Hergest and Llyfr Gwynn Rhydderch.

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  • The Welsh story Culhwch and Olwen is supposed to date from the 11th century (the date is based on linguistics that I'm not qualified to comment on), and in that tale Arthur appears as a great High King with a court at Celliwig in Cernyw (Cornwall) (location unknown) and a band of famous warriors, including Cai, Bedwyr and Gwalchmai (later to become Sir Kay, Sir Bedivere and Sir Gawain).

    The Anglian Tower, York

  • If it's a first novel, it may be that Olwen is the author's wife.

    Geoffrey Mark


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