Usage: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Hungarian
Pronounced: LOR-a, LAWR-a, LOW-rah (Spanish, Italian) [key]
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Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". In ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands. Saint Laura was a 9th-century Spanish martyr, a nun who was thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors. Another famous bearer was Laura Secord, a Canadian heroine during the War of 1812.